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Telecom News Digest

Catch these highlights of recent telecom news stories on telecom fraud and robocall prevention.

Telecom Fraud Prevention

Have you heard about this emerging domestic traffic pumping scheme? Sprint and Inteliquent describe it well in recent FCC filings, which we covered in two blog posts.

And on a different topic, fraudsters have begun using artificial intelligence (AI) to perpetrate fraud. This was one of our most popular blog posts.

NCTA, Sprint, and HD Tandem discuss access stimulation with FCC
Three diverse points of view. The Sprint commentary is especially eye-opening. This is an emerging front on domestic traffic pumping.
Inteliquent urges FCC to adapt access stimulation prevention rules
Another account of the latest scheme in domestic traffic pumping, and Inteliquent’s suggested responses.
How STIR/SHAKEN can help defend against AI voice fraud attacks
It’s impressive, and daunting, what fraudsters are able to do with artificial intelligence these days. Be on guard! Good news: widespread adoption of STIR/SHAKEN will help.

Robocall Prevention

Lots of interesting news about preventing unwanted robocalls.
Hiya 2019 Half-Year Robocall report—implications for STIR/SHAKEN and rich call data
There were some interesting findings in this recent report from Hiya. Looking at the data, it seems that STIR/SHAKEN and rich call data are promising innovations to revitalize trust in the telephone network.
Canadian service providers required to block invalid calling numbers
Don’t forget about the pending deadlines for Canadian service providers to block calls with invalid calling number and notify subscribers 60 days in advance. Read all about it.
Somos responds to NANC request for extension on Reassigned Numbers Database
Somos, the administrator of the U.S. toll-free number database, raised interesting points in their objection to further delay in the Reassigned Number Database project.
STI-GA contract in place with iconectiv as STI-PA policy administrator
The STIR/SHAKEN governance authority announced the policy administrator contract is in place. Also, interesting comments on who can get STI certificates to sign calls. Details here.
Industry replies to proposed FCC rule changes on robocall blocking
Thirty-four organizations responded to proposed rules on robocall blocking. We summarized their comments for you.
Coalition of 12 telephone companies agree to fight robocalls
Twelve phone companies and 51 state attorneys general agreed to 8 principles they’ll follow to fight unwanted robocalls.
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We hope you find this information helpful. Please let us know if you have any questions about these news items or other topics we can help you with.

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Donald St. Denis

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