September 25, 2021
Shaken-Stir Protocol June 30th Deadline for Voice Providers Arrives Today

Robocall Haters Rejoice! Today is the Deadline for Voice Providers to Implement New Tech to Combat those Annoying Calls

Robocalls are a constant annoyance, but today marks the deadline for voice providers to implement tech to combat it called SHAKEN/STIR…

Robocalls are again on-pace to surpass yet another yearly record in 2021. But, today is the day that all major voice providers, including AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile must fully implement known as SHAKEN/STIR or “signature-based handling of asserted information using tokens” and “secure telephone identity revisited.” With it, there should be a reduction in automated calls going out to consumers.

Shaken-Stir Protocol June 30th Deadline for Voice Providers Arrives Today

Robocalls have already reached the nearly 22 billion mark in the first five months of the year. YouMail, a California-based developer of visual voicemail and robocall blocking software, estimates that figure will climb to 52 billion by the end of 2021. Enter SHAKEN/STIR. The technology, which has been available for some time now, must be integrated by all US voice providers.

Basically, Shaken/Stir (or Stir/Shaken) is a program that automatically authenticates numbers against a new robocall mitigation database. It’s an immediate cross-reference or check to ensure incoming calls are from legitimate numbers. Although, this won’t block all robocalls, just the ones deemed spam or problematic. That’s because a good percentage of robocalls are from doctors’ offices, pharmacies, schools, and so on. 

William Boleys

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