FCC Accelerates Caller ID Deadline for Some Small Voice Service Providers
December 10, 2021
The FCC has reduced the extension to implement Caller ID protections from two years to one for a category of small voice providers that are responsible for a disproportionate amount of illegal robocall traffic. These small voice providers now have until June 30, 2022 to implement the new protection, STIR/SHAKEN. EPIC and NCLC urged the Commission to revoke extensions on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the provider’s compliance with their own robocall mitigation program and responsiveness to requests to trace robocall activities. The FCC did not “foreclose the possibility of applying [EPIC and NCLC’s proposed] obligation when appropriate on a case-by-case basis” after the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau has first notified the provider that they are a source of illegal robocall traffic. EPIC routinely participates in regulatory and legislative processes concerning robocalls and files amicus briefs in robocall cases.