ACA Connects Statement on FCC Order Shortening STIR/SHAKEN Deadline for Non-Facilities-Based Voice Providers

December 10, 2021

PITTSBURGH, December 10, 2021 – The following statement can be attributed to ACA Connects President and CEO Matthew M. Polka:

“On December 10, the FCC issued an Order shortening the STIR/SHAKEN implementation deadline by one year, i.e., from June 30, 2023, to June 30, 2022, for non-facilities-based small voice providers.

“With today’s Order, the FCC has taken an important step forward in the fight against unlawful robocalls.

“ACA Connects applauds the FCC for adopting a tailored approach, consistent with our advocacy, that targets those providers most likely to be the source of illegal calls without sweeping in community-based providers that are working hard to deliver voice, broadband, and other communications services to their communities. We look forward to continued collaboration with the FCC, our industry peers, and other stakeholders to defeat the robocalls scourge once and for all.”

About ACA Connects: America’s Communications Association – Based in Pittsburgh, ACA Connects is a trade organization representing more than 600 smaller and medium-sized, independent companies that provide broadband, phone and video services to nearly 8 million customers primarily located in rural and smaller suburban markets across America. Through active participation in the regulatory and legislative process in Washington, D.C., ACA Connects’ members work together to advance the interests of their customers and ensure the future competitiveness and viability of their businesses. For more information, visit: http://www.ACAConnects.org