FCC chairwoman: Fines alone aren't enough (Robocalls)

Matthew Black Matthew.Black at csulb.edu
Wed Oct 5 05:22:16 UTC 2022

I thought that SCOTUS ruled years ago that telco users possess a First Amendment right to spoof Caller ID.


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Except the cost to do the data dips to determine the authorization isn't "free".

On Tue, Oct 4, 2022 at 2:18 PM Michael Thomas <mike at mtcc.com<mailto:mike at mtcc.com>> wrote:

On 10/4/22 6:07 AM, Mike Hammett wrote:
I think the point the other Mike was trying to make was that if everyone policed their customers, this wouldn't be a problem. Since some don't, something else needed to be tried.

Exactly. And that doesn't require an elaborate PKI. Who is allowed to use what telephone numbers is an administrative issue for the ingress provider to police. It's the equivalent to gmail not allowing me to spoof whatever email address I want. The FCC could have required that ages ago.


Mike Hammett
Intelligent Computing Solutions


From: "Shane Ronan" <shane at ronan-online.com><mailto:shane at ronan-online.com>
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Sent: Monday, October 3, 2022 9:54:07 PM
Subject: Re: FCC chairwoman: Fines alone aren't enough (Robocalls)
The issue isn't which 'prefixes' I accept from my customers, but which 'prefixes' I accept from the people I peer with, because it's entirely dynamic and without a doing a database dip on EVERY call, I have to assume that my peer or my peers customer or my peers peer is doing the right thing.

I can't simply block traffic from a peer carrier, it's not allowed, so there has to be some mechanism to mark that a prefix should be allowed, which is what Shaken/Stir does.


On Mon, Oct 3, 2022 at 7:05 PM Michael Thomas <mike at mtcc.com<mailto:mike at mtcc.com>> wrote:
The problem has always been solvable at the ingress provider. The
problem was that there was zero to negative incentive to do that. You
don't need an elaborate PKI to tell the ingress provider which prefixes
customers are allow to assert. It's pretty analogous to when submission
authentication was pretty nonexistent with email... there was no
incentive to not be an open relay sewer. Unlike email spam, SIP
signaling is pretty easy to determine whether it's spam. All it needed
was somebody to force regulation which unlike email there was always
jurisdiction with the FCC.


On 10/3/22 3:13 PM, Jawaid Bazyar wrote:
> We're talking about blocking other carriers.
> On 10/3/22, 3:05 PM, "Michael Thomas" <mike at mtcc.com<mailto:mike at mtcc.com>> wrote:
>      On 10/3/22 1:54 PM, Jawaid Bazyar wrote:
>      > Because it's illegal for common carriers to block traffic otherwise.
>      Wait, what? It's illegal to police their own users?
>      Mike
>      >
>      > On 10/3/22, 2:53 PM, "NANOG on behalf of Michael Thomas" <nanog-bounces+jbazyar=verobroadband.com at nanog.org<mailto:verobroadband.com at nanog.org> on behalf of mike at mtcc.com<mailto:mike at mtcc.com>> wrote:
>      >
>      >
>      >      On 10/3/22 1:34 PM, Sean Donelan wrote:
>      >      > 'Fines alone aren't enough:' FCC threatens to blacklist voice
>      >      > providers for flouting robocall rules
>      >      >
>      >      > https://www.cyberscoop.com/fcc-robocall-fine-database-removal/<https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cyberscoop.com%2Ffcc-robocall-fine-database-removal%2F&data=05%7C01%7CMatthew.Black%40csulb.edu%7C4f407d3657914e6e376808daa635d027%7Cd175679bacd34644be82af041982977a%7C0%7C0%7C638005047301904372%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=YzrPveqbGpF%2FnpjU%2Bn9m6GTx5mhA2dG%2FzACG%2Fjmdumc%3D&reserved=0>
>      >      >
>      >      > [...]
>      >      > “This is a new era. If a provider doesn’t meet its obligations under
>      >      > the law, it now faces expulsion from America’s phone networks. Fines
>      >      > alone aren’t enough,” FCC chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said in a
>      >      > statement accompanying the announcement. “Providers that don’t follow
>      >      > our rules and make it easy to scam consumers will now face swift
>      >      > consequences.”
>      >      >
>      >      > It’s the first such enforcement action by the agency to reduce the
>      >      > growing problem of robocalls since call ID verification protocols
>      >      > known as “STIR/SHAKEN” went fully into effect this summer.
>      >      > [...]
>      >
>      >      Why did we need to wait for STIR/SHAKEN to do this?
>      >
>      >      Mike
>      >

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