WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US federal commission committee chairman Ajit Pai wrote Monday on heads of major telephony services and other…
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US federal commission committee chairman Ajit Pai wrote Monday on heads of major telephony services and other companies and demanded that they launch a system by 2019 to fight billions of “robocalls” and other malfunctions received month by American consumers.
In May, Pai invited companies to adopt an industry-developed “call authentication system” or standard for cryptographic signing of telephone calls aimed at ending using unauthorized spoofing numbers from the telephone system. Monday’s letter seeks reply by 19 November on the status of these efforts.
Letters went to 13 companies, including AT & T, Verizon, T-Mobile USA, Alphabet, Comcast, Cox Communications, Sprint, CenturyLink, Charter Communications, Bandwith and others.
Pai’s letter raised concerns about some companies, current efforts, including Sprint, CenturyLink, Charter, Vonage, Telephone and Data Systems Inc. and its US Cellular Corp Unit and Frontier Communications Corp. The letters to these companies said they “do not yet have concrete plans to implement a robust call authentication framework,” cites FCC staff. The
Authentication Framework “validates digital handover of phone calls that pass through the complex network, enabling the consumer phone company to receive the call to verify that a call is from the one who is likely to do that,” says FCC.
YouMail, a company that blocks robocalls and traces them, estimated that it was 5.1
billion unwanted calls last month, up from 3.4 billion in April.
FCC has taken a number of measures to try to deter robocalls or automated pre-recorded calls that the regulatory authorities have labeled “scourge”.
“We need call authentication to become reality – it’s the best way to make sure consumers can answer their phones with confidence. At this time next year, I expect consumers to start seeing it on their phones,” said Pai
“I call on those who get behind to catch up. If it does not appear that this system is on track to get started next year, we will take steps to ensure that It does. “
FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat, called earlier this year the FCC to set a deadline and noted that” Canada went ahead and set a deadline for 2019 to put this technology in place. We should do the same as our neighbors to the north. “