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Ajit Pai orders phone companies to adopt new anti-robocall tech in 2019

Thursday February 14, 2019. 08:14 PM , from Ars Technica
Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai at The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research on May 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images | Chip Somodevilla)
The Federal Communications Commission will consider 'regulatory intervention' if major phone companies fail to adopt a new anti-robocall technology this year.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has been pressuring phone companies to implement the 'SHAKEN' and 'STIR' robocall-blocking protocols, which perform Caller ID authentication. Most major providers have committed to doing so, but Pai issued a warning to laggards yesterday.
'I applaud those companies that have committed to deploy the SHAKEN/STIR framework in 2019,' Pai said in his statement yesterday. 'This goal should be achievable for every major wireless provider, interconnected VoIP operator, and telephone company—and I expect those lagging behind to make every effort to catch up. If it appears major carriers won't meet the deadline to get this done this year, the FCC will have to consider regulatory intervention.'
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