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FCC Adopts Previously Proposed SHAKEN/STIR Rules

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Wed, 09/30/2020 - 11:18

Two weeks ago, we reported that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had proposed new rules relating to the implementation of SHAKEN/STIR call authentication protocols as a part of the Commission’s ongoing efforts to put the TRACED Act into practice. At the time, the FCC announced that it would vote on whether or not to officially adopt those rules at its September 30, 2020 meeting. Yesterday, the FCC announced that the rules had been formally adopted and the public vote was removed from the agenda for the September 30 meeting.

In the press release announcing the formal adoption of the rules—officially known as the Second Report and Order relating to the implementation of SHAKEN/STIR—the FCC explains that “the new rules make clear the obligations and deadlines for voice service providers regarding caller ID authentication, advance the use of caller ID authentication across the nation’s phone networks, and prohibit voice service providers from adding any line item charges to the bills of consumer or small business customer subscribers for caller ID authentication technology.”

In the FCC’s first Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on SHAKEN/STIR implementation, released in March of this year, the Commission mandated the full implementation of the call authentication protocols by June 21, 2021. It is likely that additional FCC rulemaking on this subject will be announced in the coming months.