FCC sends STIR/SHAKEN report to U.S. Congress
US Congress has received the required triennial TRACED Act report regarding the efficacy of STIR/SHAKEN technology to stop unwanted spam and fraudulent calls.
The 3-year FCC report regarding the efficacy of STIR/SHAKEN technology can be found on the FCC’s website here. The report acknowledges the beneficial network effects of the STIR/SHAKEN protocol if implemented properly.
During this review, commenters urged the Commission to address the non-IP extension, as currently non-IP provider calls are not yet mandated, and thus, non-IP providers are not mandated to implemented non-IP caller ID authentication technology. The STIR/SHAKEN caller ID authentication framework only works on IP networks, that is those networks with technology that is able to initiate, maintain, monitor, and terminate SIP calls.
The Commission has decided to expand the scope of requirements and shortened the extension for non-facilities-based small voice providers because it determine that they were at a heightened risk for originating illegal robocalls. The term “non-facilities-based small voice service provider” means a ‘a small voice service provider that is offering voice service to end-users solely using connections that are not sold by the provider or its affiliates.’
The deadline for STIR/SHAKEN implementation by non-facilities-based small voice service provider is June 20, 2023, and requires all voice service providers with control over their network infrastructure to implement caller ID framework authentication. The Commission is also considering reviewing the non-IP extension issue as well.
FCC Report Conclusion
The FCC has asserted that the technology used in the framework is effective at authenticating caller ID information and identifying illegal spoofed calls. They acknowledge that the technology is still in its early stages (even after 3 years) because the required implementation is mandated as of June 30, 2023. There is also concern that providers may not be applying its technical requirements consistently. The FCC report states “we anticipate its effectiveness will increase as STIR/SHAKEN implementation becomes more widespread,” and “conclude that it would be premature to consider revising or replacing the STIR/SHAKEN framework at this time.”
About ACC Telecom
ACC Telecom is a voice over IP carrier offering SIP Trunking and cloud phone systems, and is fully compliant with the TRACED Act and STIR/SHAKEN protocol (certification #RMD0006470). ACC only contracts with large backbone carriers that are also fully certificated with the STIR/SHAKEN caller ID authentication protocol. To learn more about the TRACED Act, STIR/SHAKEN, and Caller ID Authentication, please visit fcc.gov or click here.