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News Digest

Welcome to our telecom news digest. I hope you are well!

While the world tries to deal with a pandemic and new living and working conditions, news and events are still rolling along in the telecom space, including:

  • STIR/SHAKEN news
  • Telephone activity during shelter in place
  • Other regulatory news

We’ve summarized it for you here.


Webinar – Enable SHAKEN for your TDM network and comply with the TRACED Act
Don’t miss this webinar on SHAKEN and the TRACED Act on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 3:00 pm EDT. Info and registration here.
FCC issues STIR/SHAKEN mandate
On March 31, 2020, the FCC issued a mandate for telephone companies to implement STIR/SHAKEN call authentication to combat spoofed robocalls. Here are the details.
Who may authenticate calls for STIR/SHAKEN
This blog post answers a few frequently asked questions with an overview of the current policy around authentication approval in the U. S. Details here.
CFCA KNOW session call on STIR/SHAKEN
The CFCA is hosting a monthly call, KNOW STIR/SHAKEN, for information sharing and discussion. The next session will be on May 19. Info and registration.

Telephone Activity During Shelter in Place

Voice calls surge during shelter in place
What’s the hot new app during widespread shelter in place? Actually, it’s plain old voice phone calls. Check out these numbers.
Telephone pollsters see increased productivity during shelter in place
Callers are getting more responses to their calls and having longer conversations than they did before. The numbers are impressive.

Other Regulatory News

FCC issues proposed rulemaking on one-ring scam calls
This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is required by the TRACED Act. The Commission has invited comments on several issues.
FCC requests letters of intent for traceback consortium
The Commission has outlined requirements to be covered in letters of intent due May 21. Details here.
FCC and FTC demand gateway providers cut off COVID-19 scam robocalls
Three gateway providers were given 48 hours to stop bringing scam robocalls into the U.S., or else. What happened.

Odds and ends

On this day in history:

  • 1913 — A patent is granted for the all-purpose zipper
  • 1927 — Construction of Charles Lindbergh’s airplane Spirit of St. Louis is completed
  • 2004 — The last Oldsmobile came off the assembly line
  • 2011 — Prince William wed Kate Middleton

Born on this day:

  • Duke Ellington, composer, bandleader and pianist (1899)
  • Willie Nelson, country music star (1933)
  • Jerry Seinfeld, comedian and TV star (1954)
  • Michelle Pfeiffer, actress (1958)

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Best regards,

Donald St. Denis

Fraud prevention | Robocall prevention | TDoS prevention | STIR/SHAKEN | Routing

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