FCC launches inquiry for non-IP caller ID authentication

The FCC approved and launched its planned inquiry, Reviewing Policies for Caller ID Authentication on Non-IP Networks. Here’s what happened.

Commissioners were unanimous, 4–0 in favor of launching the inquiry. Here are a few excerpts from their comments:

Jessica Rosenworcel

“We are not just going to wait for this infrastructure to be updated and eligible for STIR/SHAKEN, we are going to look for ways to combat these calls on the oldest portions of our networks.” — Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel

Brendan Carr

“If there’s another step we can take to further crack down on illegal robocalls, then that is a step that I’m in favor of.” — Commissioner Brendan Carr

Geoffrey Starks

“To truly make a dent, we must continue to push providers to implement STIR/SHAKEN. The record that develops from this Notice of Inquiry will help us chart a path forward on mitigating robocalls on legacy, non-Internet Protocol networks. The other benefit of this Notice is that it can help to facilitate the transition to all-IP networks.” — Commissioner Geoffrey Starks

Nathan Simington

“The scourge of robocalls demands that we either accelerate the full transition to IP-based phone networks or mandate that operators of non-IP phone networks speedily implement technology that provides equivalent guarantees to STIR/SHAKEN.” — Commissioner Nathan Simington

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