How The FCC Plans To Stop Robocalls Where Many Start: Overseas

How The FCC Plans To Stop Robocalls Where Many Start: Overseas

Andrew H. Sweet

She's (Rosenworcel) proposing to close a loophole in FCC regulations to require "gateway providers" to stop robocalls before they get to your phone. The agency adopted the proposal, called the Targeting Gateway Providers to Combat Illegal Robocalls, during its monthly meeting on Tuesday.

The proposed regulation would put additional requirements on US-based gateway providers that pass through voice traffic to other networks in the US. These gateway providers, smaller, low-profile companies that handoff calls from network to network, are often used by foreign scammers to disguise phone calls entering the US.

The FCC set a deadline of June 30, 2021, for every major voice provider in the US to implement a technology called Stir/Shaken, which verifies the number that pops up on caller ID is legitimate.

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