FCC to Consider Caller ID Authentication Report and Order at Sept. 30 Meeting


The report and order are part of the FCC’s requirements to implement the TRACED Act.

9/10/2020 14:00

The Federal Communications Commission will consider a second report and order, “Promoting Caller ID Authentication to Combat Spoofed Robocalls,” during its next meeting Sept. 30.

The report and order are part of the FCC’s work to implement the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act (TRACED Act), and promote the deployment of caller ID authentication technology to combat spoofed robocalls, according to a news release from the FCC.

In March, the FCC issued a 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, ACA International previously reported.

ACA and a group of industry trades filed comments on that order.

The FCC’s second report and order set for consideration this month would:

  • Require voice service providers to either upgrade their non-IP networks to IP and implement STIR/SHAKEN, or work to develop a non-IP caller ID authentication solution.
  • Establish extensions of the June 30, 2021, caller ID authentication implementation deadline for small voice service providers, voice service providers that are currently incapable of obtaining a “certificate” necessary to implement STIR/SHAKEN, services scheduled for discontinuance, and non-IP networks.
  • Require voice service providers subject to an extension to implement a robocall mitigation program on the non-STIR/SHAKEN-enabled portions of their networks.
  • Require all voice service providers to file a certification in a commission database showing how they are acting to stem the origination of illegal robocalls.
  • Establish a process by which providers that make early progress on caller ID authentication implementation can obtain an exemption from the June 30, 2021, deadline, as required by the TRACED Act.
  • Prohibit voice service providers from adding any line item charges to the bills of consumer or small business customer subscribers for caller ID authentication technology, as required by the TRACED Act.
  • Require intermediate providers to implement the STIR/SHAKEN caller ID authentication framework in the IP portions of their networks by June 30, 2021.

Comments on the second report and order are due 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.

ACA and its advocacy team in Washington continue to work for the industry’s needs to ensure legitimate calls are not improperly impacted by call blocking and labeling. Most recently, in September, ACA and a group of joint trades filed comments urging the regulator to ensure redress options are in place for businesses experiencing call blocking and labeling.

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