Fitch joined 51 Attorneys General in urging the FCC to protect consumers from illegal robocalls.
A bipartisan coalition of more than fifty attorneys general came together to urge the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to accelerate the implementation of caller ID technology that would protect consumers from illegal robocalls.
Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch calls robocalls “disruptive” and “scams.” She urges the FCC in a tweet to monitor companies acting in bad faith to spam families, facilitate fraud and evade detection.
The avalanche of robocalls is detrimental to our daily lives and is often used to perpetrate scams. I urge the FCC to monitor companies that act in bad faith to spam families, facilitate fraud, and evade detection. Read more here: https://t.co/AYmV5pXNLP pic.twitter.com/1OZ98WTdaZ
– Lynn Fitch (@LynnFitchAG) August 9, 2021
“The avalanche of robocalls is detrimental to our daily lives and is often used to perpetrate scams. The TRACED Act, and the STIR / SHAKEN technology it required, are designed to end illegal robocalls and phishing that bad actors use to harm consumers, ”Fitch said. “I urge the FCC to monitor companies that act in bad faith to spam families, facilitate fraud, and evade detection.”
STIR / SHAKEN technology is an essential tool to help consumers feel confident about who is on the other end of the line when they choose to answer a call.
New evidence indicates that a subset of these smaller voice service providers are responsible for a high volume of illegal robocall traffic, and use extension to continue routing calls that STIR / SHAKEN will help reduce or eliminate.
Large voice service providers were required to implement STIR / SHAKEN by June 30, 2021; But small businesses, with 100,000 subscribers or less, received a two-year extension from the FCC. In their comment letter, AG Fitch and the other 50 Attorneys General ask the FCC to advance the deadline for the implementation of this anti-spoofing technology.
In their comment letter sent today, the fifty attorneys general write that while this is not a “silver bullet to end robocalls,” the STIR / SHAKEN caller ID authentication framework will dramatically reduce the mistrust they experience. consumers when they read their caller ID for incoming calls. calls.
“In addition, we support the Commission’s proposed rule that reduces the extension of the timeframe for STIR / SHAKEN implementation from two years to one year, if not earlier, for those small voice service providers that regularly benefit from originating and routing. of illegal and spoofed information. robocalls that instill fear and harm our nation’s consumers, ”the comment letter states.
A copy of the Attorney General’s comments is available. here.