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AT&T and Comcast Working Together to Fight Spam Calls

Spam calls are a common problem among smartphone users. This is why the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched a SHAKEN/STIR ("Secure Handling of Asserted information using toKENs" and "Secure Telephony Identity Revisited") framework a couple of years ago.

Under this framework, carriers were required to implement a protocol that prevented the bad guys from hijacking local phone numbers to make spam calls.

T-Mobile has already launched a similar feature with "Caller Verified". But it looks like AT&T and Comcast are following its initiative.

Earlier today, the two announced its plans to work together to authenticate calls made between their networks. In doing so, they are able to let their customers know whenever they are getting a genuine call.

In its announcement, the two networks shared that they won't be able to cover each and every call that their two customers receive. But it's definitely a step in the right direction.

The two networks hope to launch the system for its customers later this year.

Source: The Verge 

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  1. Those spam calls using local phone numbers are very prolific. There are apps already available for free to help stop it.

  2. Perfect timing. Per Yahoo Finance:
    "AT&T CEO Randall L. Stephenson was interrupted Wednesday afternoon by a robocall while on stage at an event at the Economic Club of Washington, DC. “I'm getting a robocall,” he said. “It's literally a robocall.”

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