T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon have taken steps to reduce spoofed scam calls2021-07-01 19:09 by Daniela
Tags: T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon
All three major US carriers have met the deadline to implement the FCC's new anti-spoofing protocol designed to protect users from scam caller impersonation. Both Verizon and T-Mobile announced yesterday that all calls originating on their networks are 100 percent compliant with the FCC's "STIR/SHAKEN" technology designed to show a caller's true phone number. AT&T, meanwhile, confirmed that it's also in compliance with the new rules.
Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said the FCC regulation is meant to stop phone scams, which can often trick people into giving up large sums of money.
"Number Verification, along with Caller ID, and the scam identification and blocking tools in Scam Shield, gives our customers the industry's most comprehensive free scam and spam protection," said Jon Freier, Executive Vice President, T-Mobile Consumer Group at T-Mobile. "We were first to implement number verification in 2019 and today, all calls originating on the T-Mobile network are 100% STIR/SHAKEN compliant, giving our customers peace of mind that their calls are protected against scammers and spammers."
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) already authorized operators to automatically block illegal robocalls and in March of 2020 mandated voice service providers and intermediate service providers deploy STIR/SHAKEN framework in their IP networks and certify by the June 30 deadline.
Some groups, such as smaller service providers (less than 100,000 subscribers), get extensions and they have a couple more years, with a mid-2023 deadline. However, Bill Versen, president, communications market and CMO for TNS noted that even if they have an extension, all providers must show efforts to ensure robocalls don't originate on their networks and they need to file documentation showing that with the FCC's Robocall Mitigation Database.
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