The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently sent letters to telecommunications carriers asking them to establish plans to implement the Signature-based Handing of Asserted Information Using toKENS (SHAKEN) and the Secure Telephone Identity Revisited (STIR) authentication standards. The SHAKEN/STIR framework digitally validates the handoff of calls between carriers, ultimately making it possible for consumers to accurately determine a caller’s identity. The letters included questions about implementation plans and the importance of combating illegal call spoofing and unwanted robocalls.
In addressing the anticipated timeline for implementing the SHAKEN/STIR standards, FCC Chair Ajit Pai stated “[b]y this time next year, I expect that consumers will begin to see this on their phones . . . if it does not appear that this system is on track to get up and running next year, then [the FCC] will take action to make sure that it does.”
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