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Robocalls in the news

New York Magazine recently ran an article on increasing robocall volume. They reported that there were 3.4 billion robocalls placed in April 2018, up from 2.5 billion in April of 2017—a 36% increase. Furthermore, while in 2014 the average American received 15 spam phone calls a month, by 2018 the average American was getting slammed with 23 spam phone calls a month.

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On May 14, 2018 the FCC announced that chairman Ajit Pai has accepted the recommendations of the North American Numbering Council (NANC) for industry to quickly establish a Governance Authority for implementing the SHAKEN/STIR framework.

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On May 10, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission voted to fine a robocall perpetrator $120 million.

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The North American Numbering Council (NANC) issued their report to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on May 3 with a proposal for governance arrangements and timelines to implement STIR/SHAKEN, which would provide secure caller ID to prevent unwanted robocalls and reduce telecom fraud.

On May 9, Henning Schulzrinne, a noted expert in telecom technology (professor of computer science at Columbia University, former Chief Technology Officer of the FCC and and a major contributor to the SIP standard) issued a minority report to express his views, which differ in some respects from the NANC report. In this blog, we summarize this minority report.

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On May 3, representatives from Verizon met with members of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to share Verizon’s plans to combat robocalls. On May 7, Verizon representatives followed up on this meeting with an ex parte letter to the FCC outlining the discussion, including Verizon’s plans and expected timeline to implement Secure Telephone Identity using the STIR/SHAKEN framework.

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