Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is calling on carriers to block robocalls by default without waiting for consumers to opt in to call-blocking services.But he hasn't proposed making this a requirement and is leaving it up to carriers to decide whether to charge for such services.Many members of the industry perceived that interpretation to make illegal, potentially, the blocking of calls by default.""The current opt-in regime has led many consumers to not affirmatively opt in and as a result there are just fewer people who are using these services," Pai also said.Pai's proposals will be up for votes at the June 6 commission meeting."If adopted, we expect carriers to quickly begin offering call-blocking services by default and to work toward more advanced offerings, like blocking based on contact lists," Pai said.
US Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai will proposed giving mobile phone companies more power to block unwanted robocalls, according to a release from the FCC on Wednesday.Pai's proposal, if adopted, would allow phone companies to block unwanted calls for customers by default.According to the release, customers can opt-in or out of any blocking services they don't want.Pai also proposed seeking public comment on how caller ID authentication standards, otherwise known as SHAKEN/STIR, could inform call blocking.The SHAKEN/STIR framework would validate where calls originate from, where they claim to be coming from, and would allow for faster tracing of illegal calls to find out who's responsible for them.Later today, Pai and four other FCC commissioners are set to testify before a US House panel over the growing number of robocalls.
At the beginning of the year, T-Mobile promised to cut back on spam calls.It did this by using a new technology called Caller Verified which utilizes the STIR/SHAKEN standards.The Uncarrier is now stepping up its game by partnering with Comcast.By working together, the two companies will have a higher success rate when it comes to identifying robocallers.The STIR/SHAKEN protocol looks for a digital certificate to verify incoming phone calls.The identification allows the carrier’s system to know where the phone call was placed, not where it claims to be from.
AT and Comcast are partnering to authenticate calls made between the two networks, letting customers know when there’s a genuine caller — not a spammer — on the phone.It won’t cover every call AT and Comcast customers receive, but it’s a step in the right direction to battling the scourge of robocalls.AT says the deal is likely the “nation’s first” to authenticate calls between two providers through the SHAKEN/STIR (which stands for “Secure Handling of Asserted information using toKENs” and “Secure Telephony Identity Revisited”) protocol.The protocol lets consumers know when a call they’re receiving is actually being placed by the displayed number listed on caller ID.AT and Comcast said they hope to have the system up and running for customers later this year.The SHAKEN/STIR protocol works by using digital certificates to verify whether a call is actually coming from where it says it is.
In November alone, Americans received an estimated 5.1 billion scam calls from automated machines — more than any month on record, according to YouMail's robocall index.That number was about 2.9 billion in the beginning of 2018, and the spike didn't come out of nowhere.Consumer advocates worry the number will only continue to increase, now that the FCC has removed an Obama-era definition of auto-dialers that the agency thought was too broad.FCC chairman Ajit Pai sent a letter in November to more than a dozen phone providers demanding they adopt "a robust call authentication system to combat illegal caller ID spoofing."Policies are in the works to address "neighborhood spoofing," which is the extremely effective tactic used by robocallers to make calls look like they're coming from recipients' own area code so they're more willing to answer.So far, no policy has been successful in preventing those.
The U.S. Federal Communication Commission is calling on the telecom industry to help put an end to scam robocalls.On Monday, FCC chairman Ajit Pai sent letters to the heads of voice providers, including AT, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Frontier, Google, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon* and others, urging them to adopt a call authentication system that would combat illegal caller ID spoofing and get that system up and running no later than next year.The FCC stressed the system was critical to protecting Americans from scam robocalls.That’s why we need call authentication to become a reality—it’s the best way to ensure that consumers can answer their phones with confidence.By this time next year, I expect that consumers will begin to see this on their phones,” said Chairman Pai, in a statement.I also thank the many providers that are well on their way toward implementation.
Ajit Pai and the FCC’s commissioners are growing as incensed and fed up with robocalls as the rest of us.Today, Pai sent a letter to over a dozen US mobile providers urging them to deploy an industry-wide method of combatting the automated nuisance calls — or else.“By this time next year, I expect that consumers will begin to see this on their phones,” Pai said in a press release.“Carriers need to continue working together to make this happen and I am calling on those falling behind to catch up.” He added that “if it does not appear that this system is on track to get up and running next year, then we will take action to make sure that it does.”Pai is referring to a form of call authentication that would “sign” and validate legitimate phone calls across cellular networks, ignoring the billions of spam calls — yes, billions — that are pestering consumers monthly.One of the biggest annoyances with robocalls is caller ID spoofing, when the spammers make it look as though a local number is behind the call.
Ajit Pai has called on top executives in the tech industry to put an end to scam phone calls.The Federal Communication Commission chairman sent on Monday letters to the heads of AT, Comcast, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, Google and others, asking them to adopt a call authentication system that would combat illegal caller ID spoofing.He asked the companies to have the system in place no later than next year.In a statement, Pai called "combatting illegal robocalls" the top consumer priority for the FCC.He called on the companies to adopt call authentication technology."It's the best way to ensure that consumers can answer their phones with confidence," Pai said, referring to the authentication technology, which would digitally sign and validate calls.
Another aggressive telemarketer is getting punished.The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday fined robocaller Philip Roesel and his companies more than $82 million for illegal caller ID spoofing.Roesel made more than 21 million robocalls over a three-month period from late 2016 through early 2017, according to an FCC release.Roesel used his companies, Wilmington Insurance Quotes and Best Insurance Contracts, to market health insurance and generate leads for insurance products he sold, the FCC said.Spoofing a robocall means someone else's phone number is displayed when a telemarketer makes calls.The practice makes it hard to annoyed consumers to make complaints and difficult for police to track him down.
The unfortunate reality about spam calls — a common practice among criminals and unsavory marketers — is that it still works, given how so many people still fall victim these days.Indeed, about 3.4 billion Americans received spam calls in April alone, according to The New York Times, which cites a recent study by spam call blocking company YouMail.After all, when you see an incoming phone call from a number you don't know, but has the same area code as you, it's understandable why you would drop your guard and pick up the phone.Spam callers can make it seem like they're calling from your hometown's area code with a tactic called caller ID "spoofing."The word "spoof" means both to imitate something, as well as to trick someone.Some of these VoIP services let spam callers choose what number they want their victims to see on their phone's caller ID.
We know you've been in an accident.It says so in our *beeeeep*BT has opened a free nuisance call screening service, which it estimates could junk 15 million cold calls - such as PPI and accident claims - to a voicemail box.The Call Protect service will use what it described as "huge computing power" to analyse large amounts of live data, said BT.The Register has asked for specifics on how the network admins are going about this, and will update if we hear more.We have also asked if the measure will be effective against caller ID spoofing.