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FCC May Require Carriers to Authenticate Phone Calls

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With the number of robocalls being received by customers throughout the world, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has ramped up its efforts in its STIR/SHAKEN protocol.

Earlier today, the government agency sent out new rules for companies to adopt the protocol. This is in an effort to fight robocalls, particularly the ones that spoof phone numbers. The FCC is expected to make a vote later this month.

The protocol requires carriers to verify legitimate phone calls before they reach their recipients. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has requested carriers to implement the protocol by 2019. So far, the ones that have implemented the protocol are AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Comcast. Yet despite this, robocalls continue to be a problem for users. The FCC has discovered that consumers get as much as 350,000 unwanted calls in every three minutes.

Pai says that "it is clear that FCC action is needed to spur across-the-board deployment of this important technology." The executive says that even though this is "no silver bullet" for getting rid of robocalls, it is "a critical shot at the target."

In addition to adopting the protocol, the FCC encourages carriers to have a default setting that blocks robocalls. As of this writing, 50 state attorneys general and carriers are already working at implementing a call-blocking tech that would provide free tools for anti-robocalls.

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