I have discussed the growing problem of the increase of ID Spoofing and Robocalls that has been happening for about a year now.  I have even supported Michigan’s Democrat Attorney General Dana Nessel joining 42 other Attorney Generals in encouraging the Federal Communications Commission to adopt rules which would punish people and groups who illegal employ robocalls and malicious caller ID spoofing.

Well the FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has heard all of us and them and announced plans yesterday to instruct major phone companies to update their caller ID services to help combat these calls.

According to the Daily Caller the Chairman will host a summit in July to:

examine to what degree the industry is implementing new industry-wide standard for caller ID authentication. The new standard is called Signature-based Handling of Asserted Information Using Tokens (SHAKEN) and Secure Telephony Identity Revisited (STIR).

In a press statement Chairman Pai stated:

Consumers want and need reliable caller ID information. That’s why we must move aggressively to combat spoofed robocalls…I’ve repeatedly demanded that major voice service providers implement a strong call authentication framework this year. I want to hear from them on the progress they’ve made toward meeting this goal.

The Chairman wants to first ask the major phone companies to work with the FCC to decrease the number of ID Spoofing and Robocalls because he stated that advancing the new standard through the regulatory process would take longer than a year.  Although the FCC has started the process for a regulation if it will be ultimately needed through a formal Notice of Inquiry, which was previously adopted in July 2017.

Now this is something all of us can get behind no matter what political ideology we may support.

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