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The FCC is focusing their efforts to combat robocalls further back along the call path. For example, they:

  • Brought legal action against five VoIP gateway carriers who brought foreign robocalls to U.S. subscribers—a first,
  • Asked seven gateway providers for their support in stopping illegal robocalls that originate outside the U.S., and
  • Proposed rules to establish a traceback consortium.

Get the highlights below, along with a handy summary of robocall blocking comments and a link to info and registration for an upcoming webinar on the STIR/SHAKEN call authentication mandate.

Enjoy, and thank you for being here!

U.S. Justice Department brings legal action against VoIP carriers for robocalls
The U.S. Department of filed legal actions against five VoIP carriers for serving as gateway carriers for robocalls to U.S. subscribers. This is the first time that authorities have brought legal action against the carriers of robocalls.
FCC asks gateway providers for help against foreign robocalls
The FCC Enforcement Bureau asked seven gateway voice service providers for their support in stopping the flow of illegal robocalls that originate outside the U.S. Here’s who they asked.
FCC proposed rules to establish robocall traceback consortium
The Commission issued a notice of proposed rules for the registration of a single consortium to conduct private-led traceback of suspected unlawful robocalls. Here’s a quick overview.
Industry comments for robocall blocking report
Robocall blocking comments were filed by 28 organizations. Don’t have time to read them all? Here are highlights and a brief summary of each response.
Webinar – Get Ready for the STIR/SHAKEN Call Authentication Mandate
We’re going to present a webinar on the STIR/SHAKEN call authentication mandate on Feb 27—who is subject to the mandate and how to get ready. More info and registration here.

Need SHAKEN certificates? We’ve got you covered.

Odds and ends

On this day in history:

  • 1809 — Robert Fulton patents the steamboat.
  • 1854 — Coal gas used for first time to light major streets in San Francisco.
  • 1954 — A 75,000-watt light bulb is lit at Rockefeller Center to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Thomas Edison’s first light bulb.
  • 2016 — Scientists announce they’ve detected gravitational waves from the collisions of distant black holes using LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory) stations.

Born on this day:

  • Inventor Thomas Edison (1847)
  • Actress Eva Gabor (1919)
  • Actor Leslie Nielson (1926)
  • Actress Tina Louise (1934)
  • Actor Burt Reynolds (1936)
  • Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow (1962)
  • Actress Jennifer Aniston (1969)

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Best regards,

Donald St. Denis

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

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