FCC STIR/SHAKEN deadline extension petitions denied or withdrawn

Four voice service providers had requested deadline extensions for STIR/SHAKEN deployment. Two have been denied, and two have been withdrawn.

These deadline extension requests were filed in November 2020:

  • AT&T had requested a one-year extension.
    • They made a network routing adjustment in mid-2020 to address network congestion during the pandemic. This sent a small portion of their network traffic across a portion of the network that lacks STIR/SHAKEN capability.
    • AT&T withdrew this request on March 29, 2021.
  • Lumen had requested a six-month extension.
    • Their software vendors frequently miss deadlines. Lumen thought they could make the deadline, but requested an extension in case they experienced further delays.
    • Lumen withdrew this request on March 29, 2021.
  • US Cellular had requested a “reasonable extension of time.”
    • They are migrating CDMA customers to their VoLTE network and requested an extension until this migration is complete.
  • Verizon had requested a declaratory ruling or limited extension.
    • A portion of their network, which they call FTTP-SIP, uses fiber-to-the-premises and plain old telephone system (POTS) service.
    • Verizon requested a declaratory ruling on whether the STIR/SHAKEN mandate applies to this portion of their network.
    • If the FCC rules that the STIR/SHAKEN mandate applies, then Verizon requested a three-year extension.
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FCC ruling

The Commission issued an order that denied the remaining petitions from US Cellular and Verizon.

In response to US Cellular, the Commission ruled that:

  • US Cellular does not face undue hardship.
  • The mandate does not require STIR/SHAKEN over non-IP interconnections.
  • The mandate does not require providers to complete implementation of IP interconnections by the deadline.

In response to Verizon, the Commission ruled that:

  • Verizon does not face undue hardship.
  • While Verizon asserts that the upgrades would be costly, it does not claim that they may be prohibitively expensive as those the Commission found justified a class extension for small providers.
  • Though Verizon describes this service as “end-of-life,” it is not analogous to section 214 discontinuance because Verizon describes no plan to imminently discontinue the service.

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