Voice service providers would be required to implement the called ID authentication under the proposal set for a vote March 31.
The Federal Communications Commission issued its Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on mandating adoption of STIR/SHAKEN by voice service providers and additional measures to combat spoofed calls on Tuesday.
“This Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would take a critical step in the commission’s multi-pronged approach to ending illegal caller ID spoofing by requiring voice service providers to implement caller ID authentication technology,” it states.
Comments to the FCC are due May 15, 2020 and reply comments are due May 29, 2020.
ACA International previously submitted comments to the FCC on STIR/SHAKEN in July 2019 and will review the current proposal.
FCC Proposed Requirements for Voice Service Providers
According to the FCC the order would: “require originating and terminating voice service providers to implement the STIR/SHAKEN caller ID authentication framework in the Internet Protocol (IP) portions of their networks by June 30, 2021, a deadline that is consistent with the TRACED Act, which was recently passed by Congress.”
Additional Caller ID Authentication Proposals in the Further Notice Include:
- Propose to implement caller ID authentication and other provisions of the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, including through proposals to: Grant an extension for compliance with the STIR/SHAKEN implementation mandate for small voice service providers so long as those providers implement a robocall mitigation program.
- Propose to implement caller ID authentication and other provisions of the TRACED Act, including through proposals to:
– Grant an extension for compliance with the STIR/SHAKEN implementation mandate for small voice service providers so long as those providers implement a robocall mitigation program.
– Require voice service providers using non-IP technology to either (i) upgrade their networks to IP to enable STIR/SHAKEN implementation, or (ii) work to develop non-IP caller ID authentication technology and implement a robocall mitigation program in the interim.
– Establish a process by which a voice service provider may be exempt from the STIR/SHAKEN implementation mandate if the provider has achieved certain implementation benchmarks.
– Prohibit voice service providers from imposing additional line item charges on consumers and small businesses for caller ID authentication.
The proposed rules build on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s request last year for phone companies to voluntarily implement STIR/SHAKEN and the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act signed into law in 2019.
The TRACED Act directs the FCC to require voice service providers to implement STIR/SHAKEN in their networks within 18 months of the law’s enactment, according to a news release from the FCC.
The FCC will vote on these new rules during its March 31 meeting.
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