The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC or Commission) Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB or Bureau) seeks comment on a Protective Order regarding the treatment of voice service providers’ confidential information filed as part of their certifications that their traffic is either signed with STIR/SHAKEN caller ID authentication technology or subject to a robocall mitigation program. These certifications are filed in a public FCC-run database, known as the Robocall Mitigation Database. Given the potential sensitivity of this information, the Bureau seeks comment on the procedures for submitting and accessing this confidential and highly confidential information.
In regard to submitting confidential information, the WCB proposes to follow the process outlined in its Public Notice announcing the Robocall Mitigation Database, which includes directing voice service providers to file confidentiality requests in the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS). The Bureau proposes to only allow access to a limited group of entities such as federal, state, local, and Tribal governmental entities involved in robocall enforcement, among others.
Comments are due 10 days after publication in the Federal Register, which has yet to occur, and reply comments are due 15 days after publication in the Federal Register.