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FCC: STIR/SHAKEN Protocol Need to Be Adopted by June 2021

Earlier today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that all carriers and phone companies need to adopt the STIR/SHAKEN protocol before June 30, 2021.

This protocol will help prioritize the needs of the customers in order to avoid encountering robocalls. By requiring carriers to authenticate caller IDs, spammers that hide their phone numbers can be combatted.

By enforcing carriers to follow the protocol, they can reduce the number of illegal spoofing and help federal agents to identify these. Most importantly, carriers will be able to identify spammers before they make a phone call to the customers. According to the FCC, fraudulent calls cost Americans around $10 billion every year.

This isn't the first time the FCC pushed for the protocol to be adopted. In 2018, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai already pushed carriers to adopt it. Last year, Congress mandated the technology by passing the TRACED Act.

Although this is a much needed action that carriers need to make, they also need to test their implementation with the other networks. But by enforcing the protocol to be adopted, the FCC is already doing a step in the right direction to protect the public.

Source: Engadget 

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  1. Yes. You have 15 months to fix this problem we've been discussing for over a decade.

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