p. 27 - Robocalls: SHAKEN or STIRed?

Thu, 07/08/2021


Have you stopped answering your cell phone because most of the calls are scams or ads? As of June 30th, 2021, every telephone carrier in the United States is required to have a plan in place to deal with robocalls. In this episode Richard Shockey joins Gus to break down why we get so many of these calls and whether these new plans will help address them.


Episode Notes

Episode Summary (3-5 minute read)

Glossary for the acronyms mentioned in this episode:

  • FCC - Federal Communications Commission
  • TRACED Act - Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act, a law enacted in 2019 that gives the FCC greater authority to combat robocalls.
  • STIR/SHAKEN - Secure Telephone Identity Revisited (STIR) and Signature-based Handling of Asserted Information Using toKENs (SHAKEN) standards.
  • TDM - Time-division multiplexing. AT&T developed a TDM-based technology to carry phone calls starting in the 1960s, which is still widely used today.
  • SS7 - Signaling System version 7. This is the protocol, developed in the 1970s, used in TDM-based telephone systems to initiate phone calls.
  • IMS - IP Multimedia Subsystem. IMS is a protocol that uses Internet-based technologies for transferring multimedia content.
  • SIP - Session Initiation Protocol. This is the protocol, developed in the 1990s, to establish phone calls in Internet-protocol-based networks such as IMS.
  • ATIS - Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions
  • IETF - Internet Engineering Task Force
  • CLEC - Competitive Local Exchange Carrier
  • DNS - Domain Name System

Tags: TRdt (of the moment)