ATIS Launches New Efforts to Advance Success of FCC Robocall Strike Force

WASHINGTON — Nov. 3, 2016 — ATIS solutions are central to completing the recommendations of the FCC’s Robocall Strike Force as it advances its mission to mitigate Caller ID spoofing and robocalling, as noted in the Strike Force’s recent report. The Robocall Strike Force is an industry initiative convened to accelerate development and adoption of technologies and solutions to block unwanted automated calls. As the experts responsible for many of the solutions defining the all-IP network, ATIS’ long-term work in this area is helping the industry forge a coordinated response to this challenge.

“The wide range of mitigation techniques ATIS has contributed and is currently developing are invaluable to the industry as it takes decisive and coordinated action to abate robocall proliferation,” said ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller. “Our efforts address the problem from all critical angles. They center around authenticating and verifying calling party information to provide a necessary foundation for a wide range of innovative and flexible call screening/blocking applications. In addition to helping consumers, this work is essential to maintaining consumer confidence in communications networks and services.”

As noted in the Robocall Strike Force report some of ATIS’ work initiatives will address:
Source authentication and caller ID. ATIS has accelerated its work on the standards to authenticate and verify caller identification for calls carried over an Internet Protocol (IP) network. The goal is to ensure robocall-blocking applications have access to accurate calling party information, and create higher end-user confidence in the identification of incoming calls for VoIP.

A certificate framework and governance model.  ATIS is developing a framework under which cryptographic certificates would be issued to service providers, as well as an entire structure and ecosystem under which they will be managed. This work will protect the integrity of the calling party authentication service by ensuring that certificates are only provided to entities entitled to receive them.

Lab testing of new tools and solutions. ATIS is also working to validate key caller-ID elements to support deployment in service provider networks. This work will facilitate the testing of industry standards to assess their effectiveness for signing and verifying calling numbers.

In addition to these new initiatives, ATIS has fast-tracked several deliverables to support efforts to reduce unwanted robocalls. These include delivering best practices for robocalling mitigation, which are contained in the document Next Generation Network (NGN) Reference Document: Caller ID and Caller ID Spoofing; completing technical work on the specifications regarding secure caller ID; maintaining a list of telecom company contacts to speed the issuance of subpoena requests and simplify efforts to trace back to offending accounts; as well as completing selected solutions for Signaling System 7 (SS7) interworking with VoIP authentication.

ATIS looks forward to continuing its efforts to mitigate caller ID spoofing and robocalling—and to advancing the mission of the Robocall Strike Force.

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About ATIS

As a leading technology and solutions development organization, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) brings together the top global ICT companies to advance the industry’s most critical business priorities. ATIS’ 150 member companies are currently working to address 5G, the all-IP transition, network functions virtualization, big data analytics, cloud services, the ICT implications of Smart Cities, emergency services, M2M, cyber security, network evolution, quality of service, billing support, operations, and much more. These priorities follow a fast-track development lifecycle – from design and innovation through standards, specifications, requirements, business use cases, software toolkits, open source solutions, and interoperability testing.

ATIS is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ATIS is the North American Organizational Partner for the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a founding Partner of the oneM2M global initiative, a member and major U.S. contributor to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), as well as a member of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL). For more information, visit www.atis.org.

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The SIP Forum is an IP communications industry association that engages in numerous activities that promote and advance SIP-based technology, such as the development of industry recommendations, the SIPit, SIPconnect-IT and RTCWeb-it interoperability testing events, special workshops, educational seminars, and general promotion of SIP in the industry. The SIP Forum is also the producer of the annual SIPNOC conferences (for SIP Network Operators Conference), focused on the technical requirements of the service provider community. One of its notable technical activities is the development of the SIPconnect Technical Recommendation – a standards-based SIP trunking recommendation that provides detailed guidelines for direct IP peering and interoperability between IP PBXs and SIP-based service provider networks. Other important Forum initiatives include work in Fax-over-IP interoperability, User Agent Configuration, Video Relay Service interoperability, security, NNI, and SIP and IPv6. For more information, please visit: http://www.sipforum.org.

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