TCPAWorld had reported earlier that the Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act (TRACED Act), which was enacted in December 2019, had granted the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) express authority to implement the so-called “SHAKEN/STIR” authentication framework in the Internet Protocol portions of their networks. SHAKEN/STIR stands for the Signature-based Handling of Asserted information using toKENs (SHAKEN) framework and the Secure Telephony Identity Revisited (STIR) framework. Under this framework, carriers would transmit and receive authentication information necessary to verify the accuracy of called ID information of every call, which should reduce illegal spoofing.

The FCC had requested comments nine months ago on whether to mandate implementation of the SHAKEN/STIR framework under the TRACED Act. At the time, the FCC warned that it would “require voice service providers to implement the SHAKEN/STIR Caller ID Authentication framework, in the event major voice service providers have failed to do so by the end of [2019].” The FCC now appears ready to act on this authority. According to a press release issued today, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is proposing rules requiring carriers to implement caller ID authentication using the SHAKEN/STIR framework. The FCC has not released a draft of the proposed rules, but it is expected to vote on them during its Open Meeting scheduled for March 31, 2020.

As always, TCPAWorld will keep you posted.