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FCC will require telecommunications companies to block international robocalls

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Overview of the FCC’s new robocall guidelines:

  • Who: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has unanimously agreed to adopt new guidelines for telecommunications providers to help prevent robocalls.
  • Why: The FCC says many illegal robocalls originate overseas and can be better prevented with new procedures.
  • Where: New FCC regulations will affect callers nationwide.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has unanimously decided to pass new regulations that will require telecommunications providers to block illegal robocalls when carrying telephone traffic into the country.

The new FCC mandate will require providers that carry international phone calls to implement a new policy called STIR/SHAKEN in addition to other new measures to prevent robocalls.

The decision to require telecom providers to implement the new procedures passed by a 4-0 vote by the commission as the agency attempts to address a problem that has plagued the industry for years.

“Stopping illegal robocalls is one of the Commission’s top consumer protection priorities,” the FCC said in a fact sheet dated April 28. service providers from which their traffic originates. »

FCC adopts three new initiatives to combat robocalls

The FCC passed a total of three new initiatives, including a requirement for gateway vendors to submit both a mitigation and certification plan to the Robocall mitigation database. This database is used to track the practices used by telecommunications providers to block robocalls and certifies that they adhere to these practices.

The STIR/SHAKEN policy, meanwhile, authenticates “unauthenticated Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) calls that carry a US number in the caller ID field,” according to the agency.

“Gateway providers serve as a critical choke point in reducing the number of illegal robocalls received by US consumers,” the FCC said in a statement. “New rules require gateway providers to participate in robocall mitigation, including blocking efforts, take responsibility for illegal robocall campaigns on their networks, cooperate with FCC enforcement efforts and respond quickly to efforts to trace illegal robocalls to their source.”

Telecom providers that don’t meet the new requirements can be removed from the database and potentially subject to mandatory blocking by others in the network, according to the FCC.

There was more than 50 billion automated calls in the United States last year. The FCC, meanwhile, ordered a total of $208.4 million in fines for Telephone Consumer Protection Act offenses since 2015.

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