Two big names are partnering up to help fight against the scourge of robocalls, with AT&T and Comcast announcing a test of a new system…
For anyone who feels like spam calls keep increasing in frequency, it’s not bad intuition. The Wall Street Journal came across a new report which reveals Americans received 26.3 billion spam calls last year alone. That’s up sharply, by 46 percent, over 2017.
In fact, spam robocalls accounted for 26.3 billion outgoing calls last year for American consumers, representing an increase of 46 percent over 2017.
AT&T and Comcast Team Up to Combat Spam and Robocalls
Although the national Do Not Call Registry came into existence in 2003, the volume of robocalls continues to grow, year after year. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission reports taking a whopping 500,000 complaints per month about spam calls.
Now, AT&T and Comcast are teaming up to test a new system to authenticate calls made between the two networks. And, it should let customers know if the calls are legitimate.
The system uses the SHAKEN/STIR or “Secure Handling of Asserted information using toKENs” and “Secure Telephony Identity Revisited” protocol:
“SHAKEN/STIR verification lets consumers know that an incoming call is really coming from the number listed on the caller ID display. While authentication won’t solve the problem of unwanted robocalls by itself, it is a key step toward giving customers greater confidence and control over the calls they receive.”
Unfortunately, it won’t stop spam calls but it does verify legitimate numbers. So, it’s another important part of the fight against robocalls.