FCC Chair pushes cell phone companies to improve caller ID: Scam Watch

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSYR-TV) – Nearly two weeks after the 315 and 607 area codes started getting bombarded by robocalls from spoofed numbers in Africa and Europe, the FCC is putting the responsibility on cell phone carriers.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is calling on the companies to improve their caller ID technology, which would more accurately show who’s making the spam calls and help police track down scammers.

According to the FCC, the Chairman expects the companies to implement SHAKEN/STIR caller ID authentication standards this year. He will also host a summit on July 11 with industry executives to check in on their progress.

SHAKEN is Signature-based Handling of Asserted information using toKENs and STIR is Secure Telephony Identity Revisited.

“Consumers want and need reliable caller ID information. That’s why we must move aggressively to combat spoofed robocalls,” says Chairman Pai. “I’ve repeatedly demanded that major voice service providers implement a strong call authentication framework this year. I want to hear from them on the progress they’ve made toward meeting this goal. We chose this industry-led path because it is the fastest way to help consumers, but I remain committed to taking regulatory action—action for which we’ve already laid the groundwork—if major carriers do not implement the SHAKEN/STIR framework this year.”

Last week, Senator Chuck Schumer was in Syracuse to advocate for the TRACE Act, a new law he is co-sponsoring, that he says would stop robocalls. 

The bill calls for the upgraded caller ID. The bill goes further by lengthening the statute of limitations for law enforcement to go after the scammers and increases the penalty against them to $10,000 per call.

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