According to the FCC’s proposal, “STIR/SHAKEN enables phone companies to verify the accuracy of caller ID information that is transmitted with a call. Industry-wide implementation would reduce the effectiveness of illegal spoofing, allow law enforcement to identify bad actors more easily, and help phone companies identify calls with illegally spoofed caller ID information before those calls reach their subscribers.”
In recent times, the FCC has implemented rules that will let carriers block robocalls by default. Previously, robocall blocking was a feature that customers had to pay to enable, but the recent changes have resulted in carriers enabling the feature for free for its customers.
According to FCC chairman Ajit Pai, “Last year, I demanded that major phone companies voluntarily deploy STIR/SHAKEN, and a number of them did. But it’s clear that FCC action is needed to spur across-the-board deployment of this important technology. There is no silver bullet when it comes to eradicating robocalls, but this is a critical shot at the target.”