The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will conduct a hearing on “Abusive Robocalls and How We Can Stop Them.” The hearing will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. EDT. A live video of the hearing will be broadcast online at www.commerce.senate.gov .
Today the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission announced two upcoming events to address the illegal robocall problem:
- Policy forum on March 23 to discuss regulatory challenges, presented on a live video feed.
- Consumer expo at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery in Washington, D.C. on April 23 to present technologies, devices and applications to minimize or eliminate illegal robocalls.
These are welcome signs of a determined effort to address the problem.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently issued their report on Voice Telephone Services: Status as of December 31, 2016, which showed continued growth of VoIP and mobile subscriptions and a decline in subscribership to traditional wired telephone services.
For the three-year period from December 2013 through December 2016, VoIP subscriptions showed annual growth of 10%, while mobile subscriptions grew 3% per year and retail switched access lines declined 12% per year.
On 7 December 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asked the North American Numbering Council (NANC) to provide advice on how the Trusted Anchor function should be defined and implemented in the pending STIR/SHAKEN call authentication system for Secure Telephone Identity.
They also asked the NANC to recommend a reasonable timeline for telecommunication service providers (TSPs) to deploy this call authentication system, including incentives or mandates that the FCC can put in place to ensure that the timeline is met.
A report from the NANC to the FCC is expected on 7 May 2018.