The FCC Chairman has proposed a new set of rules that would force telecoms to authenticate phone calls in order to limit the number of robocalls…
The number of robocalls hit an all-time high in 2019, totaling 58.5 billion. This figure represents a 22 percent increase from the year prior in 2018, and a whopping 92 percent increase, compared to 2017.
Of those, 25.9 billion or 44 percent, were scams, while alerts and notifications accounted for 22 percent or 13 billion. Another 11.4 billion or 21 percent were financial reminders, and telemarketing accounted for 8 billion or 14 percent. Now, the FCC could take another step to help lessen the nuisance.
FCC Proposes New Caller Identification Authentication Protocols
Late last week, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposed a set of new rules that demand wireless carriers implement the SHAKEN/STIR protocol in order to authenticate calls. This would help reduce the number of robocalls, specifically those which come from spoofed numbers.
The SHAKEN/STIR technology matches up phone numbers to ensure that calls are from legitimate sources and not from spoofed numbers before they even reach their recipients. The FCC already urged telecoms to adopt the measure by 2019, but not all have fully embraced the system.
“It’s clear that FCC action is needed to spur across-the-board deployment of this important technology. There is no silver bullet when it comes to eradicating robocalls, but this is a critical shot at the target.”