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News Digest

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

  • There are some great webinars you won’t want to miss.
  • Industry and regulators are moving forward on STIR/SHAKEN plans.
  • Regulators are cracking down on illegal robocalls and gateway providers who transport large volumes of robocalls from overseas.
  • And there’s some interesting news about strong demand for telecom services in Latin America.

Upcoming webinars

How to Build a CPS (Call Placement Service) for Out-of-Band SHAKEN
This session is part of the SIP Forum STIR/SHAKEN Virtual Summit. The one-hour presentation will take place on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 12:00 noon EDT. Info and registration.
Protect your business with robocall prevention
We will join with CCA—The Competitive Carriers Association—to present an educational webinar on robocall prevention strategies on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Info and registration.


USTelecom files letter of intent to apply for the Traceback Consortium role
USTelecom filed a letter of intent to serve as the registered traceback consortium required by the TRACED Act. USTelecom currently administers the Industry Traceback Group, a collaborative effort of voice service providers to trace the source of illegal robocalls. Details.
SIP Forum announces STIR/SHAKEN Virtual Summit
This series of webinars will take place during the week of June 22, 2020. These sessions will provide educational content and facilitate discussion focused on the challenges and opportunities related to STIR/SHAKEN call authentication. It looks like a great series!

Other News

Round 2 — FCC, FTC demands gateway providers cut off robocalls
The FCC and FTC sent letters to three gateway providers to demand that they cut off illegal robocalls originated overseas. If they don’t cut off these robocalls, then the FCC and FTC ask USTelecom members to block all calls from these gateway providers. Details.
Telecom fraud prevention demand in Latin America
An interesting article was recently published in CFCA Communicator about strong demand by businesses and consumers in Latin America for telecom fraud prevention solutions. This is a huge market opportunity for voice service providers operating in the region.
No more mulligans—FCC drops robocall warnings
The Federal Communications Commission announced it will no longer warn robocallers before issuing penalties. This change was enabled by the TRACED Act. Overview.

Odds and ends

On this day in history:

  • 1876 — The Transcontinental Express train completed a trip from New York City to San Francisco in 83 hours.
  • 1896 — Henry Ford tested his Quadricycle, the first automobile he designed and built. Top speed, 20 mph.
  • 1919 — The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving women the right to vote was passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification.

Born on this day:

  • Rosalind Russell, actress (1907)
  • Michelle Phillips, singer with the Mamas and Papas (1944)
  • Angelina Jolie, actress (1975)

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Best regards,

Donald St. Denis

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

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