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State AGs ask for faster implementation of STIR/SHAKEN

State Issues State Attorney General FCC Robocalls TCPA

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On August 9, state attorneys general from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, through the National Association of Attorneys General, sent a letter to the FCC urging the Commission to confront illegal robocalls by moving the deadline for smaller telephone companies to implement caller ID technology, STIR/SHAKEN, by June 30, 2022 at the latest. The TRACED Act (the Act), which became law in 2019 (covered by InfoBytes here), requires phone companies to implement STIR/SHAKEN technology on their networks to ensure that telephone calls are originating from verified numbers, not spoofed sources. As previously covered by InfoBytes, the STIR/SHAKEN caller ID authentication framework is an “industry-developed system to authenticate Caller ID and address unlawful spoofing by confirming that a call actually comes from the number indicated in the Caller ID, or at least that the call entered the US network through a particular voice service provider or gateway.” Currently under the Act, large companies are required to implement the technology by June 2021, and smaller voice service providers have until June 2023. According to the letter, the state attorney generals’ advocate that “[r]emoving — or, at least, curtailing — the Commission's blanket extension for small voice service providers that flout the commission's largess by perpetrating this high-volume traffic would truly serve the purpose of the TRACED Act: ‘to deter criminal robocall violations and improve enforcement’ of the TCPA.”