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US FCC requires implementation of STIR/SHAKEN protocol to combat Robo-calls

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Bassman59:

--- Quote from: TimFox on October 21, 2021, 05:27:08 pm --- I found it amusing that the spoofed phone number is often not only in my 3-digit area code, but also in my 3-digit exchange, implying that the "Federal Reserve legal department" office or "Medicare benefits office" is in my neighborhood.
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Apparently, the Federal Reserve Legal Department calls people from cell phones!

TimFox:

--- Quote from: Bassman59 on October 22, 2021, 03:55:18 pm ---
--- Quote from: james_s on October 05, 2021, 01:28:46 am ---I don't understand why the carriers seem reluctant to do something about this, it really makes their product a lot less appealing.

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If you're of a certain age, you might remember the SNL sketch with Lily Tomlin playing an AT&T operator who tells the truth:

"We don't care. We don't have to. We're the phone company."

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Those of us even older remember when Lily Tomlin started her character Ernestine the telephone company operator on "Rowan and Martin's Laugh In" (1967 to 1973).  "And as a special favor, I'm enclosing our three-color brochure on phone etiquette. You might find it useful."

james_s:

--- Quote from: Bassman59 on October 22, 2021, 03:55:18 pm ---If you're of a certain age, you might remember the SNL sketch with Lily Tomlin playing an AT&T operator who tells the truth:

"We don't care. We don't have to. We're the phone company."

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But there isn't just one phone company anymore, there are loads of them to choose from. Used to be they really didn't have to care, they had a total monopoly. That isn't the case anymore.

TimFox:
Technically, there were more telephone companies back then, but AT&T absolutely dominated the market before it was broken up.  In the 1967 film “The President’s Analyst” with James Coburn, the most insidious of the secret agencies is TPC (The Telephone Company), worse than the CEA and FBR.

Marco:

--- Quote from: Gary350z on October 21, 2021, 05:42:52 pm ---Video says this only applies to large phone companies (for two years), so the robocallers will just switch to small phone companies.

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It's in flux, there's a proposal to limit the exemption and exclude "small carriers" which don't have a couple huge (robocaller) customers to june next year.

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