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FCC Call Authentication Summit Draws Early Criticism

Law360 (May 14, 2019, 5:30 PM EDT) -- The Federal Communications Commission will hold a summit later this summer to take stock of carriers' call authentication efforts, Chairman Ajit Pai announced Monday, generating some criticism that it's time for less talk and more action at the agency as it tackles unwanted calls.

The July 11 summit will examine how phone companies are implementing technology known as SHAKEN/STIR, which lets phones exchange authentication tokens to verify real numbers, and put pressure on carriers to accelerate their adoption of the technology, Pai said. Doing so will help unmask "spoofed" calls masquerading as neighbors or other legitimate sources, he said.

"I've repeatedly...

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