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Oct. 4, 2022 — For the first time, the FCC on Tuesday proposed that seven voice service providers be removed from receiving call traffic, after violating the commission’s new fraudulent calling framework.

Voice service providers Akabis, Cloud4, Global UC, Horizon Technology Group, Morse Communications, Sharon Telephone Company, and SW Arkansas Telecommunications and Technology have 14 days to show why the FCC shouldn’t remove them from the Robocall mitigation database .

The database is a filing portal for voice service providers to use to notify the commission that they have implemented the STIR/SHAKEN framework, an FCC-mandated caller ID technology that allows operators to digitally validate the authenticity of a phone number, allowing a customer to be sure that the number seen on a caller ID matches the possible caller.

Deleting the database would force all other providers to stop carrying traffic from the offending companies, meaning that all calls from those providers’ customers would be blocked and no traffic from the provider would reach the called party. , according to the press release.

“These and other recent actions reflect how seriously we take providers’ obligations to take concrete and impactful steps to combat robocalls,” Loyaan Equal, acting chief of the FCC’s enforcement office, said in the statement. “STIR/SHAKEN is not optional. And if your network is not IP-based and you can’t use these standards yet, we need to see what steps are taken to mitigate against illegal robocalls. These providers have been sorely lacking and have now jeopardized their continued participation in the U.S. communications system. While we are reviewing their responses, we will not accept superficial gestures given the gravity of what is at stake.”

FCC President Jessica Rosenworcel added in a statement that, “Fines alone are not enough. Suppliers who break our rules and make it easy to defraud consumers will now face swift consequences,” saying it is a “new era.”

FCC passes emergency carrier assistance rules

The Federal Communications Commission announced on Friday that it has adopted rules requiring wireless service providers to assist other carriers in an emergency.

The commission codified some terms of a voluntary program known as the Mandatory Disaster Response Initiative, which has been used by carriers since 2016 to help each other in emergency scenarios. The new MDRI requires providers to organize mutual aid, improve public awareness of restoration efforts, and enforce roaming agreements so that any carrier with a network failure can obtain voice roaming on a carrier that is still operational in case of natural disaster. The new MDRI will come into effect on October 31.

The September order also requires carriers to submit performance reports to the commission to improve “the reliability, resilience and continuity of communications networks in the event of an emergency,” he said in the statement. ‘arrangement.

On Tuesday, the FCC said it was also seeking comment on whether the MDRI’s reports to the commission “would benefit from standardization and what it should entail.”

The FCC invites comments through October 31, 2022, with responding comments due November 29.

The United States in 23rd place for the development of fiber

Technology research group Omdia ranked the United States 23rd in fiber development compared to other countries, according to a report on Tuesday.

“It is only by maximizing investment in next-generation access that countries can maximize their growth potential, and fiber optic technology is key to that investment. Countries, such as the UK and the US, which are lower on the list than many less developed countries, may need to consider policy reforms to ensure it is easy to deploy infrastructure and that market competition remains high in light of mergers taking place,” said Omdia’s research director Michael Philpott in a report.

Omdia’s Fiber Development Index measures household fiber coverage, household penetration, business penetration, mobile cell site fiber penetration, total fiber investment and speeds upload and download averages in 81 countries, its website says.

Singapore is ranked first in the Fiber Development Index as it strives to become the next ‘smart nation’ by 2025, according to the report.