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The fight among carriers and regulators over the robocalling problem continues this week. The Washington Post reports that 12 of the largest telephone companies, as well as 51 state attorneys general, have all pledged to implement new anti-robocalling technology.
Under this agreement, the 12 carriers have agreed to implement call blocking technology, make better tools available to customers, and implement a new system to label incoming calls as real or spam. The agreement was reached with attorneys general from all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia.
Known by its acronym, STIR/SHAKEN, the technology takes aim at a practice known as spoofing, where fraudsters mask their identities by using phone numbers that resemble those that they’re trying to contact in a bid to get victims to pick up and surrender their personal information.
The carriers behind the agreement include the big four carriers of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, as well as smaller carriers including Bandwidth, CenturyLink, Charter, Consolidated, Frontier, U.S. Cellular and Windstream.
Unfortunately, there’s no deadline for when carriers have to make these changes as part of the agreement. Some carriers are already testing STIR/SHAKEN, though, so ideally it will be sooner rather than later.
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