FCC’s “STIR/SHAKEN” Standards Go into Effect

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) also reports that the largest U.S. voice service providers have now adopted the Commission’s caller ID authentication framework to better protect consumers against robocalls.

In a press release, FCC Acting Chairperson Jessica Rosenworcel announced that the Commission’s STIR/SHAKEN standards (the acronyms stand for Secure Telephone Identity Revisited (STIR) and Signature-based Handling of Assorted information using toKENs (SHAKEN)) are now “widely used…in American phone networks.” This accomplishment complies with the FCC’s June 30, 2021 deadline for large voice service providers to adopt STIR/SHAKEN standards.

Service providers with 100,000 or fewer subscriber lines have until June 30, 2023 to implement the provisions of the STIR/SHAKEN standards within their systems.

The STIR/SHAKEN standards provide a common digital language that can be used by phone networks to pass valid information from provider to provider, thereby helping individual service providers strengthen their own blocking tools to reduce the incidence of unwanted calls.

Read the FCC press release announcing the STIR/SHAKEN milestone.

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