[VoiceOps] All carriers must get their STIR/SHAKEN certificate by June 30th!

Mary Lou Carey marylou at backuptelecom.com
Wed Jun 7 17:37:58 EDT 2023

NECA technically has 10 days to issue an OCN but as long as they have no 
problems with your documentation then it usually happens quicker than 

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On 2023-06-06 11:10 PM, Jeff Waddell wrote:
> You can obtain the IPES OCN without the FCC Numbering Waiver - I know
> this first hand as that's exactly what we did
> From the looks of it, the OCN process took about 48 hours for them to
> issue it.
> Jeff
> On Tue, Jun 6, 2023 at 10:36 PM Nathan Anderson via VoiceOps
> <voiceops at voiceops.org> wrote:
>> Hmm, so after going back and reviewing other things, including
>> re-reading some old posts (Mary's included!) from this here mailing
>> list, there seems to be some ambiguity and conflicting information.
>> I certainly don't want to be guilty of misinforming people, so I'll
>> just follow up & summarize here, presenting the one possibility I
>> see as a workaround to this problem:
>> I think the change Mary was referring to was in the STI-PA policy,
>> laying out requirements for service providers who want access to
>> STI-PA SPC tokens.  Originally, they were:
>> 1. Have a current (most recent complete calendar year) 499A filed.
>> 2. Have an OCN.
>> 3. Have direct access to numbering resources.
>> In Q2 2021, requirement #3 was removed and replaced with a new one:
>> 3. List yourself in the RMP database.
>> Where the ambiguity comes in is that, despite the official STI-PA
>> policy removing this particular requirement, they still require an
>> OCN (#2), and as pointed out before, it can't just be an OCN of any
>> type.  Only an OCN of a type "that is eligible for Numbering
>> Resource assignments" is acceptable to them, and what I took away
>> from this was that the numbering resource access requirement hasn't
>> actually been rescinded.  It's seemingly still there, just no longer
>> explicitly spelled out in the top 3 requirements...if they intended
>> for that to not be a requirement any longer, they really biffed it
>> by creating this chicken-and-egg problem when they limited the types
>> of approved OCNs.
>> There seems to be some support for the idea (incl. from Mary!:
>> https://puck.nether.net/pipermail/voiceops/2021-May/008895.html)
>> that it is now possible to obtain an IPES OCN from NECA without
>> first petitioning the FCC for a VoIP numbering resource waiver.
>> NECA themselves seems to be of two minds about this: page 4 of
> https://www.neca.org/docs/default-source/public---business-solutions/code-administration/na_procedures0422.pdf?sfvrsn=2b358470_8
>> only lists the requirements Mary stated in her May 2021 post that I
>> linked to, but the page at
> https://www.neca.org/business-solutions/company-codes/company-code-request-instructions
>> says IPES is "only permitted with an FCC waiver".
>> Okay, so...which is it?
>> I suppose one way to resolve this ambiguity, in favor of the
>> argument that no FCC waiver is required for interconnected VoIP
>> providers, is thusly:
>> * STI-PA will only grant SPC tokens to providers who have a type of
>> OCN "that is eligible for Numbering Resource assignments"
>> * The list of specific OCN types that fall under this category are
>> presented at
> https://www.neca.org/business-solutions/company-codes/company-code-request-instructions
>> and "IPES" is in the list
>> * But perhaps NECA will assign IPES OCNs without requiring that you
>> produce an FCC numbering waiver for your company, as long as you
>> provide the documentation outlined at
> https://www.neca.org/docs/default-source/public---business-solutions/code-administration/na_procedures0422.pdf
>> * The parenthetical of "(only permitted with an FCC waiver)" on the
>> NECA page only means that if you hold an IPES OCN and *want* access
>> to numbers, you still have to separately petition the FCC for the
>> waiver...but is not meant to imply that you can only be *granted* an
>> IPES OCN after having first obtained such a waiver (another
>> ambiguity! the parenthetical could arguably be read either way!).
>> Meaning you can hold an IPES OCN *without* having access to
>> numbering resources, though you could *get* access at any time
>> simply by going through the waiver process with the FCC.
>> In which case, you could argue that none of these seemingly
>> contradictory requirements are actually in conflict: IPES OCNs are
>> *eligible* (key word) for numbering resources, even if you yourself
>> have not yet been granted that eligibility status by the FCC.  So as
>> long as you come to the STI-PA with an IPES OCN, they won't also try
>> to confirm that you have the FCC waiver, and since the IPES OCN is
>> in the list of approved OCN types, you are good to go?
>> Ugh, the mental gymnastics required to arrive at such a conclusion
>> are exhausting...you'd think somebody with some authority (e.g.,
>> FCC, NECA, STI-GA) could unambiguously just state the facts in a
>> central, public location one way or the other.
>> Does anybody here have any first-hand experience with obtaining an
>> IPES OCN *and* being approved as a SPC-token-eligible carrier by
>> iconectiv *without* having obtained the FCC numbering waiver?
>> -- Nathan
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: VoiceOps [mailto:voiceops-bounces at voiceops.org] On Behalf Of
>> Nathan Anderson via VoiceOps
>> Sent: Tuesday, June 6, 2023 5:54 PM
>> To: 'Mary Lou Carey'
>> Cc: 'Voice Ops'
>> Subject: Re: [VoiceOps] All carriers must get their STIR/SHAKEN
>> certificate by June 30th!
>> Also note that not all OCN types are accepted by STI-PA.  Whatever
>> OCN you supply to them MUST be of one of the types "that is eligible
>> for Numbering Resource assignments" (page 3 @
> https://authenticate.iconectiv.com/sites/authenticate/files/2021-10/Service_Provider_Guidelines_Issue_6.pdf).
>> So, for example, none of the reseller OCN types (e.g., LRSL) would
>> be eligible.
>> NECA provides a list of specific OCN types that are eligible for
>> numbering resources here:
> https://www.neca.org/business-solutions/company-codes/company-code-request-instructions
>> They list IPES among them, of course, but with the note that it's
>> "only permitted with an FCC waiver".
>> I believe it was this chain of logic (STI-PA only allows specific
>> OCN types, NECA lists them, IPES is among them but specifically says
>> you must get an FCC waiver) that led me to conclude that the FCC
>> numbering authorization waiver was *still a requirement*
>> specifically if you were going the *IPES* route.  I have not been
>> able to find anything that specifically exempts / rescinds this
>> requirement.
>> Note that you don't have to actually *have* or even *seek* your own
>> numbering resources.  You just have to be *eligible* to do so.  The
>> OCN type you have been granted serves as proof to the STI-PA that
>> this is the case.
>> -- Nathan
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: VoiceOps [mailto:voiceops-bounces at voiceops.org] On Behalf Of
>> Nathan Anderson via VoiceOps
>> Sent: Tuesday, June 6, 2023 5:39 PM
>> To: 'Mary Lou Carey'
>> Cc: 'Voice Ops'
>> Subject: Re: [VoiceOps] All carriers must get their STIR/SHAKEN
>> certificate by June 30th!
>> That note about RMP vs. numbering authorization might be
>> *technically* correct purely from the perspective of what the STI-PA
>> themselves requires.  But my understanding is that to obtain an IPES
>> OCN, you still need to jump through the FCC numbering authorization
>> hoops.  So effectively, the requirement to petition the FCC for
>> numbering authorization still applies to the vast majority of
>> interconnected VoIP providers, *unless* you apply for an OCN type
>> *other* than the IPES one.  Would love to know if I'm misreading
>> this..(I'll try to go back and refresh myself on what led me to this
>> conclusion, too...perhaps the "9th hour" you refer to was so late
>> that this change you are talking about didn't happen until well
>> after June 1st of last year?)
>> Also yes, if you apply for CLEC OCN, then that is done state by
>> state and not nationally.  We went this route because 1) we already
>> had obtained CPCNs from the states we operate in some time ago, and
>> just hadn't done anything with them 2) we have no plans to expand
>> our local coverage area anytime soon, 3) we were concerned enough
>> last year by the 30-day FCC comment period & whether we would get
>> approval "in time", that CLEC OCNs seemed like they would actually
>> be faster to obtain (since we could immediately apply to NECA for
>> OCNs and not have to wait on the FCC at all for anything).
>> The thing that made it a pain was just that initially NECA had
>> quibbles with us about the copies of the CPCNs that we provided to
>> them, and it took a bunch of back-and-forth communication and
>> argumentation to convince them to accept them.  Which they finally
>> did, and in the end, it still took less than 30 days.  And we had
>> enough time to spare after that, that we were able to apply to the
>> STI-PA, and finally to sign up with a SHAKEN CA and buy a cert, and
>> bring the tech stack online on our side to support all of this new
>> infrastructure, all before the June 30 deadline.  Not sure we could
>> have made it if we had been forced to go the IPES route instead (it
>> would have been cutting it VERY close, assuming it would have even
>> been possible).
>> Again, this just had to do with our *particular* circumstances &
>> timing at the time, so I'm not trying to advise that anybody else do
>> it this way...in fact I'd actively join you in discouraging it.  Go
>> the IPES route if possible.  The main problem is that if there is
>> anybody at this point who isn't yet signing their calls, and they
>> don't even have an OCN yet, well...we're now already into the first
>> full week of June.  So if my understanding is correct that
>> specifically the *IPES* type OCN does still require numbering
>> authorization thumbs-up from the FCC in order to obtain one, then it
>> would be absolutely impossible for such an entity to meet the June
>> 30 2023 deadline while pursuing that strategy.
>> -- Nathan
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Mary Lou Carey [mailto:marylou at backuptelecom.com]
>> Sent: Tuesday, June 6, 2023 2:23 PM
>> To: Nathan Anderson
>> Cc: Peter Beckman; 'Voice Ops'
>> Subject: Re: [VoiceOps] All carriers must get their STIR/SHAKEN
>> certificate by June 30th!
>> Just so you know there were a few changes made to the process in the
>> 9th
>> hour of the deadline last year. The Robocall Mitigation plan took
>> the
>> place of the requirement to get a VOIP numbering authorization from
>> the
>> FCC. So you just need to file a Robocall Mitigation Plan - not the
>> FCC
>> Numbering Authorization.
>> Secondly, CLEC OCNs are assigned by state but if you're VOIP, one
>> OCN
>> (aka company code) is assigned for the whole country. The IPES OCN
>> covers both interconnected VOIP and non-Interconnected VOIP. Clearly
>> a
>> mistake in my opinion because you can't tell a non-interconnected
>> from an Interconnected VOIP but that's the way it is.
>> You don't want to get a CLEC, Resale or ULEC OCN if you're a VOIP
>> provider. It's most advantageous to get the IPES OCN.
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>> On 2023-06-02 06:09 PM, Nathan Anderson wrote:
>>> Mary's right: there are a lot of moving parts and "hidden costs"
>> to
>>> doing this.  What follows is largely a "brain dump" on what I know
>>> based on what we went through last year.
>>> Presumably if you are here on VoiceOps and asking about getting a
>>> cert, you likely are a 499 filer already.
>>> On top of that, though, as pointed out, you need a STI-PA token
>> issued
>>> to you by the Policy Administrator in order to request a SHAKEN
>> cert
>>> from one of the approved vendors...the STI-PA essentially "vets"
>> you
>>> as an eligible telecom in advance, and then issues you a token,
>> which
>>> you in turn have to submit to your SHAKEN CA vendor of choice when
>> you
>>> apply to them for a cert.  The CA has to validate the token you
>>> submitted before they can issue the certificate to you.  Unlike
>> with
>>> the SHAKEN cert, which is similar to a SSL/TLS cert in that there
>> are
>>> many certificate authorities competing with one another for your
>>> business, the STI-PA contract has been awarded to a single
>> company:
>>> iconectiv.  You need to go to them and get set up in their system.
>>> In order to be approved by the STI-PA, though, you need to have an
>> OCN
>>> issued to your company if you don't have one already.  The
>>> STI-PA/iconectiv will ask you for this when you sign up with them,
>> and
>>> you can't proceed without one.  The company that administers all
>> OCN
>>> assignments is NECA.
>>> As far as costs go, the OCN allocation is a one-time fee, and the
>>> prices are published here:
>>> https://www.neca.org/business-solutions/company-codes  ...the
>>> fees are annual and based on your telecom revenues as reported on
>> your
>>> most recent 499A filing.  I can't remember the exact number, but I
>>> want to say it's a very small percentage, perhaps even under 1%.
>> But
>>> of course there is some "minimum" absolute $ number that it will
>> never
>>> be lower than, heh.  (Quickly looked that up; looks like that
>> minimum
>>> annual figure is $825.)  Then there are of course whatever costs
>> you
>>> have to pay to consultants or lawyers to help you put all of these
>>> puzzle pieces together, which I think was what Mary was largely
>>> addressing.
>>> I think what Peter was specifically asking about, though, was the
>> cost
>>> for the actual SHAKEN certificate itself, and what vendor to use
>> for
>>> that.  iconectiv maintains an up-to-date list of approved SHAKEN
>> CAs
>>> that you can pick from:
> https://authenticate.iconectiv.com/approved-certification-authorities
>>> Vast majority of them don't like to publish their prices & you
>> have to
>>> ask.  From the research I did last year, pricing basically starts
>> at
>>> ~$1,000/year, and that's on the LOW side: the average annual price
>> is
>>> actually much higher than that from most CAs.  What I can tell you
>> is
>>> that we chose to go with Sansay.  Theirs was not only the lowest
>> price
>>> by far, but their system and policies were also the most
>> reasonable
>>> out of all the SHAKEN CAs that I talked to by a *mile*.  (As just
>> one
>>> example, you essentially get unlimited cert reissues during the
>> year,
>>> while many other CAs will charge you if you need to revoke a
>>> compromised cert and request a new one.)  They went WELL out of
>> their
>>> way to help me get onboarded and running, too.  Can't say enough
>> good
>>> things about them; just everything about the experience of working
>>> with them has been top-notch.  It's almost like they actually
>> wanted
>>> my business!!  I recommend reaching out to Carlos Perez w/ Sansay
>> (you
>>> can find him hanging out here @ VoiceOps)...he is the man.
>>> From just a purely pain-in-the-tuchus perspective, the most
>> difficult
>>> process to get through of all the aforementioned ones was
>> definitely
>>> obtaining our OCN allocation.  But that could just be because of
>> our
>>> particular unique circumstances...we chose to tackle it ourselves
>>> rather than farm it out, and we applied as a CLEC.  If you are
>> purely
>>> an interconnected VoIP provider, though, and not an actual CLEC, I
>>> have to imagine that taking the IPES "golden path" is going to
>> prove
>>> to be much less of a hassle.  This will require that you apply to
>> the
>>> FCC for a "VoIP Numbering Authorization" before you apply for your
>>> OCN:
> https://www.fcc.gov/wireline-competition/competition-policy-division/numbering-resources/general/voip-numbering
>>> -- do note that this has an inherent 30-day built-in wait time,
>> since
>>> the FCC requires that your application be open to public comment
>> for a
>>> 30 day period before they make a ruling.  Which means,
>> unfortunately,
>>> that if you haven't already started this process by this point,
>> you
>>> aren't going to be able to obtain your OCN before June 30, much
>> less
>>> an actual SHAKEN cert.
>>> Once you finally have your OCN, you also need to make sure you
>> have a
>>> documented robocall mitigation plan filed with the FCC at
>>> https://fccprod.servicenowservices.com/rmd?id=rmd_welcome before
>>> iconectiv will get you set up on the STI-PA side.  Also, once you
>>> finally have your SHAKEN cert and are actively signing calls, you
>> need
>>> to go back to the FCC robocall mitigation database and update your
>>> entry in the database to reflect the fact that you are now
>>> compliant.
>>> On the tech stack side, you need to host your SHAKEN cert on a
>> public
>>> server so that other telecoms who receive calls from your users
>> can
>>> validate that the calls that you are signing are indeed authentic.
>>> And your outgoing calls need to include a new field within the SIP
>>> headers called "Identity", which is a Base64-encoded version of
>> the
>>> signature for that particular call (signed by your private key),
>> along
>>> with the URL pointing at your public cert (which is also embedded
>>> within the encrypted signature, so when it's decrypted and the two
>>> match, that validates that the public cert located at that URL is
>>> indeed yours).  The payload of the "Identity" header is called a
>>> PASSporT (yet another in a series of groan-worthy backronyms...)
>>> Virtually all of the SHAKEN cert providers also offer end-to-end
>>> solutions for VoIP providers that take care of all of this for
>> you:
>>> they'll host your public cert for you on their servers, and many
>> even
>>> offer a cloud API or SIP proxy service that will sign your calls
>> for
>>> you (by also storing your private key in a secure location on
>> their
>>> side & either generating the Identity header for your and sending
>> it
>>> back to you so that you can include it in the call, or by having
>> you
>>> send your SIP INVITEs to their proxy where they'll just add it to
>> the
>>> SIP header for you before they pass the INVITE on to your
>> termination
>>> provider).  Of course, all these extra services often have
>> additional
>>> costs associated with them.  Once again, we elected to implement
>> our
>>> own solution, and I based it largely on Signalwire's open source
>>> "libstirshaken" codebase:
>> https://github.com/signalwire/libstirshaken
>>> -- this can integrate directly with FreeSwitch if that's what you
>> use,
>>> but in our case I just built the included command-line
>> "stirshaken"
>>> demo utility, and shell out to that to generate the PASSporTs
>> which
>>> then get added to the SIP header for our outgoing INVITEs.
>>> Hope that at least some part of this proves helpful, and good
>> luck,
>>> -- Nathan
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Mary Lou Carey [mailto:marylou at backuptelecom.com]
>>> Sent: Friday, June 2, 2023 1:16 PM
>>> To: Peter Beckman
>>> Cc: Nathan Anderson; 'Voice Ops'
>>> Subject: Re: [VoiceOps] All carriers must get their STIR/SHAKEN
>>> certificate by June 30th!
>>> I can only give you a ballpark price because it depends on what
>> you
>>> need
>>> to be done. You need to have an OCN, 499 filer ID, and Robocall
>>> Mitigation plan in place before you can apply for the STI-PA.  If
>> you
>>> have those in place already the cost is obviously less.
>>> I have someone that does the filings for my clients. If a company
>> needs
>>> everything she charges between $1200-$1500 range not including the
>>> fee for the OCN. If the company already has everything except the
>>> STI-PA
>>> registration then you're looking in the $300 - $500 range. The
>> variance
>>> in cost just depends on whether or not there are any issues with
>> your
>>> 499 status.
>>> BackUP Telecom Consulting
>>> Office: 615-791-9969
>>> Cell: 615-796-1111
>>> On 2023-06-02 02:48 PM, Peter Beckman wrote:
>>>> What is the most affordable and fast way to get a cert? E.g. how
>> much
>>>> should one pay, and to whom?
>>>> On Fri, 2 Jun 2023, Mary Lou Carey via VoiceOps wrote:
>>>>> VOIP carriers were not typically considered facilities-based
>> because
>>>>> they didn't have their own switch, circuits, or NXXs connected
>> to the
>>>>> ILECs. Now they can get their own NXXs if they get numbering
>>>>> authorization from the FCC, but their PSTN connections still
>> have to
>>>>> ride another carrier's network to be connected to the ILEC so
>> they
>>>>> still fall under non-Facilities based like resellers do.
>>>>> The only companies that are still exempt are the ones whose
>> entire
>>>>> networks are completely operated via SS7 trunking. The only
>> reason
>>>>> they are allowed to be exempt is that STIR/SHAKEN doesn't work
>> well
>>>>> on
>>>>> an SS7 network. Since no one has been able to figure out a way
>> to
>>>>> solve that problem, they can't require them to be compliant. So
>> if
>>>>> any
>>>>> portion of your network operates on VOIP, then you need to get a
>>>>> STIR/SHAKEN certificate for that portion of your network.
>>>>> Sucks I know, but
>>>>> BackUP Telecom Consulting
>>>>> Office: 615-791-9969
>>>>> Cell: 615-796-1111
>>>>> On 2023-06-01 09:23 PM, Nathan Anderson via VoiceOps wrote:
>>>>>> Thanks both to you and Mary Lou for your thoughtful responses.
>>>>>> Okay, so just to be clear, the remaining carriers for whom the
>> June
>>>>>> 2023 deadline applies to are providers who provide dialtone to
>>>>>> end-users via POTS, but who originate at least some of the
>> calls
>>>>>> from
>>>>>> those end-users to the PSTN via an IP peer/trunk, and it is
>>>>>> specifically those calls that they now need to start signing
>> but
>>>>>> were
>>>>>> exempt from doing so until a month from now?  And the reason
>> that
>>>>>> they
>>>>>> didn't have to implement a year ago (but pure IP-based
>>>>>> interconnected
>>>>>> VoIP providers with < 100K subs *did*) is because §
>> 64.6304(a)(1)(i)
>>>>>> only applies to "non-facilities-based" providers, and if a
>> telecom
>>>>>> is
>>>>>> building and maintaining POTS circuits to end-users, they are
>>>>>> facilities-based by definition?
>>>>>> This gets us into the weeds on the definition of
>> "facilities-based".
>>>>>> I assume that the "facilities" in question must be facilities
>> with
>>>>>> traditional telecom switching equipment (either analog or TDM).
>> So
>>>>>> even if you run your own pure IP network end-to-end with no
>>>>>> underlying
>>>>>> leased circuits, and outright own your physical data centers
>> where
>>>>>> you
>>>>>> house and run all of your own routers and SIP proxies, if 100%
>> of
>>>>>> your
>>>>>> voice subscriber base is provisioned via VoIP, even if the
>>>>>> end-user's
>>>>>> VoIP equipment is talking to a server that you own, run, and
>>>>>> maintain
>>>>>> in your own data center "facilities", you still do not count as
>> a
>>>>>> "facilities-based" telecom, correct?
>>>>>> Is there some "minimum" amount of actual TDM you can be running
>> on
>>>>>> your network in order for you to meet the definition of -- or
>> claim
>>>>>> for yourself the status of -- "facilities-based"?  If someone
>> had
>>>>>> zero
>>>>>> POTS circuits built to any of their end-users & all of their
>> users
>>>>>> are
>>>>>> connected to their voice network via VoIP, but they have a
>> single
>>>>>> ICA
>>>>>> with a single LEC, a TDM trunk between them and that LEC (where
>> they
>>>>>> immediately gateway the TDM traffic to/from IP as it ingresses
>> or
>>>>>> egresses their network), and a presence on the SS7
>> network...are
>>>>>> they
>>>>>> now considered to be "facilities-based"?  And would they
>> similarly
>>>>>> have had all of their IP-trunked origination (calls that
>> weren't
>>>>>> going
>>>>>> out via their TDM connection to the LEC) exempted until this
>> year,
>>>>>> if
>>>>>> they had under 100K subs?
>>>>>> As far as my question about white-labeling service goes, to be
>>>>>> clear,
>>>>>> we aren't in this category and have been signing our customers'
>>>>>> calls
>>>>>> with our own SHAKEN cert for the past year.  But I know of
>> plenty of
>>>>>> other providers of similar size & scale (regional ISP whose
>> bread
>>>>>> and
>>>>>> butter is internet connectivity, but with a small sprinkling of
>> VoIP
>>>>>> on top) who want to have a VoIP offering for various reasons,
>> but
>>>>>> simply outsource 100% of the VoIP component to a white-labeler.
>>>>>> They
>>>>>> bill the customer for the service, and presumably have a 499
>>>>>> Filer-ID
>>>>>> and file As and Qs with USAC, but they have nothing to do with
>> the
>>>>>> underlying voice service...ATAs get drop-shipped to customers
>> from
>>>>>> the
>>>>>> white-labeler when service is ordered, the ISP doesn't have any
>> hand
>>>>>> in the provisioning, they don't operate a single SIP proxy or
>> media
>>>>>> gateway, they have zero numbering resources of their own and
>> zero
>>>>>> ICAs
>>>>>> with other carriers, etc.  It's like the interconnected VoIP
>>>>>> equivalent to reselling an ILEC analog POTS line...they're just
>> a
>>>>>> middle-man when it comes to billing (and thus, as an indirect
>>>>>> result,
>>>>>> to collecting and remitting USF) and front-line support.
>>>>>> Now of course, many wholesale origination providers these days
>>>>>> support
>>>>>> having you house your SHAKEN cert on their server & will sign
>> your
>>>>>> outgoing calls for you with your own cert, and even those that
>> don't
>>>>>> do this will still pass your own signature/Identity header in
>> the
>>>>>> SIP
>>>>>> INVITEs you send to them unmolested.  But to be able to do the
>>>>>> latter,
>>>>>> you need to be running a SIP proxy or B2BUA somewhere between
>> the
>>>>>> end-user and your wholesale provider, which these other
>> providers
>>>>>> I'm
>>>>>> talking about aren't doing.  And it's not at all clear to me
>> that
>>>>>> most?/many?/any? *white-label* interconnected VoIP providers
>> are set
>>>>>> up to do the former...they're all STIR/SHAKEN compliant of
>> course,
>>>>>> but
>>>>>> I'd guess they are signing all of the calls they originate with
>>>>>> their
>>>>>> own cert.
>>>>>> That's only an educated guess on my part, of course, since I've
>> been
>>>>>> looking around even after asking here, and have yet to find any
>>>>>> first-
>>>>>> or even second-hand accounts one way or the other.
>>>>>> -- Nathan
>>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>>> From: David Frankel [mailto:dfrankel at zipdx.com]
>>>>>> Sent: Thursday, June 1, 2023 1:45 PM
>>>>>> To: 'Mary Lou Carey'; Nathan Anderson
>>>>>> Cc: 'Voice Ops'
>>>>>> Subject: RE: [VoiceOps] All carriers must get their STIR/SHAKEN
>>>>>> certificate by June 30th!
>>>>>> I am not an attorney; this is not legal advice.
>>>>>> The (primary) purpose of STIR/SHAKEN was not to help the ITG.
>> The
>>>>>> purposes
>>>>>> are to (at the terminating or called-party end of the call)
>> identify
>>>>>> the
>>>>>> entity responsible for originating the call, and allow that
>> entity
>>>>>> to
>>>>>> signal
>>>>>> what they know about the association between the caller and the
>>>>>> calling
>>>>>> number.
>>>>>> We are just about to the point (end of this month) where
>> virtually
>>>>>> all
>>>>>> providers are required to sign the calls they originate and
>> send
>>>>>> onward via
>>>>>> IP. That includes providers that serve so-called POTS customers
>>>>>> (when
>>>>>> those
>>>>>> POTS customers place calls sent via other providers). See 47
>> CFR §
>>>>>> 64.6301(a)(2)
>>>>>> This applies to the ORIGINATING provider. The expectation, as
>> made
>>>>>> clear in
>>>>>> the implementing specs and regulations, is that the originating
>>>>>> provider
>>>>>> KNOWS who the caller is. ATIS says (ATIS-1000088): "Has a
>> direct
>>>>>> authenticated relationship with the customer and can identify
>> the
>>>>>> customer."
>>>>>> If you are a reseller and you are the one with the "direct
>>>>>> authenticated
>>>>>> relationship with the customer" then your (A- or B-) signature
>>>>>> should
>>>>>> be on
>>>>>> the calls. As noted, you can get a SHAKEN token and delegate
>> the
>>>>>> signing to
>>>>>> your underlying provider. But it will be your name, and your
>>>>>> reputation, on
>>>>>> the calls.
>>>>>> If you are an underlying provider and you do NOT know who the
>>>>>> customer is,
>>>>>> then insist that your reseller get a token and either sign the
>> calls
>>>>>> or
>>>>>> delegate that to you (with their token). If you do not know
>> anything
>>>>>> about
>>>>>> the caller, then you are risking your reputation (and perhaps
>> more)
>>>>>> by
>>>>>> signing those calls.
>>>>>> More of my thoughts on this topic are here:
> https://legalcallsonly.org/attestation-inflation-the-abcs-of-signing-calls/
>>>>>> If you find the regulations confusing, your best bet is to play
>> it
>>>>>> safe.
>>>>>> That would mean signing calls with your OWN token when your
>> direct
>>>>>> customer
>>>>>> is the one initiating the calls (that is, they are the "caller"
>> for
>>>>>> legal
>>>>>> purposes and they are going to take responsibility for
>> conformance
>>>>>> of
>>>>>> the
>>>>>> calls to ALL the applicable regulations -- and there are many,
>>>>>> including
>>>>>> TCPA, TSR, fraud, and state statutes). You, as the originating
>>>>>> provider,
>>>>>> still have a set of responsibilities here -- see 47 CFR §
>>>>>> 64.1200(n)(3) as
>>>>>> ONE EXAMPLE. If the calls come to you from an entity that is
>> not the
>>>>>> one
>>>>>> initiating the calls, then insist that the calls are signed
>> when you
>>>>>> get
>>>>>> them (or that your customer provides you with their token so
>> you can
>>>>>> affix
>>>>>> their signature).
>>>>>> As Mary Lou indicates, you are playing Russian roulette if you
>> are
>>>>>> originating calls and they do not bear your signature. And your
>>>>>> underlying
>>>>>> provider is doing the same if they are accepting those calls
>>>>>> unsigned
>>>>>> and
>>>>>> sending them onward.
>>>>>> The FCC has a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that is
>> open for
>>>>>> comment
>>>>>> RIGHT NOW on the topic of "Third-Party Caller ID
>> Authentication."
>>>>>> The
>>>>>> FNPRM
>>>>>> is available here:
>>>>>> https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-23-18A1.pdf.
>>>>>> See starting at paragraph 97. Initial public comments on this
>>>>>> are due
>>>>>> June 5 (Monday) and Reply Comments are due a month later.
>> You'll be
>>>>>> able to
>>>>>> read (and file) comments here:
> https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/search-filings/results?q=(proceedings.name:(
>>>>>> %2217-97%22)). Once comments are filed the FCC will likely
>> issue an
>>>>>> Order in
>>>>>> due course, which may be clarifying or confusing or both or
>> neither.
>>>>>> David Frankel
>>>>>> ZipDX® LLC
>>>>>> St. George, UT USA
>>>>>> Tel: 1-800-FRANKEL (1-800-372-6535)
>>>>>> Visit My Robocall Blog
>>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>>> From: VoiceOps <voiceops-bounces at voiceops.org> On Behalf Of
>> Mary Lou
>>>>>> Carey
>>>>>> via VoiceOps
>>>>>> Sent: Thursday, June 1, 2023 2:01 PM
>>>>>> To: Nathan Anderson <nathana at fsr.com>
>>>>>> Cc: Voice Ops <voiceops at voiceops.org>
>>>>>> Subject: Re: [VoiceOps] All carriers must get their STIR/SHAKEN
>>>>>> certificate
>>>>>> by June 30th!
>>>>>> US telecom brain trust? Wow......I don't even know what to say,
>> but
>>>>>> I'm
>>>>>> thinking I should send my 21-year-old your way because he
>> thinks
>>>>>> he's
>>>>>> a lot
>>>>>> smarter than I am. LOL!
>>>>>> Im going to preface my response by saying I'm not sure anyone
>> knows
>>>>>> exactly
>>>>>> what the ruling means because I've called the FCC and STI-GA
>>>>>> multiple
>>>>>> times
>>>>>> to ask specific questions like yours. Any time my question gets
>> too
>>>>>> detailed, I've been told to go read the ruling myself because
>> they
>>>>>> aren't
>>>>>> attorneys and don't want to give legal advice that would steer
>> me in
>>>>>> the
>>>>>> wrong direction. I don't know of any attorneys that have felt
>> so
>>>>>> comfortable
>>>>>> discussing the details of the network that they have gone out
>> on a
>>>>>> limb to
>>>>>> explain it to everyone either, so I can only tell you what I
>> think
>>>>>> based on
>>>>>> what I've been told to date.
>>>>>> My understanding from talking to the FCC and STI-GA is that the
>>>>>> purpose of
>>>>>> STIR/SHAKEN was to help the ITG identify all the players in the
>>>>>> industry so
>>>>>> the ITG can more easily shut down the bad players and if
>> necessary
>>>>>> the
>>>>>> providers that enable those bad players. To me, that means
>>>>>> regardless
>>>>>> of
>>>>>> whether a company has its own network,  leases another
>> carrier's
>>>>>> network, or
>>>>>> resells services, the FCC wants to identify every player in the
>>>>>> network. We
>>>>>> can debate which networks are exempt and which networks aren't,
>> but
>>>>>> ultimately there's not a lot you can do if the powers that be
>> decide
>>>>>> your
>>>>>> network should be compliant and it's not.
>>>>>> The choice to get a STIR/SHAKEN certificate is ultimately up to
>> each
>>>>>> company. They can either play it safe and get a token or they
>> can
>>>>>> play
>>>>>> Russian Roulette with their business and not get a token. To
>> date,
>>>>>> I've seen
>>>>>> the FCC/ITG give non-compliant carriers 30 days to become
>> compliant,
>>>>>> but
>>>>>> that's not always enough time. I don't know if that is going to
>>>>>> change after
>>>>>> the deadline, but it could. It's not that difficult to get your
>> own
>>>>>> certificate and if another carrier is already signing your
>> calls
>>>>>> it's
>>>>>> not
>>>>>> that much more cost-wise to have your own certificate. So to me
>> it's
>>>>>> better
>>>>>> to be safe than sorry.
>>>>>> I hope that helps,
>>>>>> BackUP Telecom Consulting
>>>>>> Office: 615-791-9969
>>>>>> Cell: 615-796-1111
>>>>>> On 2023-05-31 09:33 PM, Nathan Anderson via VoiceOps wrote:
>>>>>>> I do find this a little confusing.
>>>>>>> It's already clear that POTS service has been made exempt
>> "until
>>>>>>> further notice".  So when the small operators exemption
>> deadline
>>>>>>> was
>>>>>>> pushed up from end of June 2023 to end of June 2022, that --
>> by
>>>>>>> logical deduction -- could only have included small
>> interconnected
>>>>>>> VoIP operators (which I believe was made explicitly clear
>> anyway,
>>>>>>> but
>>>>>>> even if it had been ambiguous in the language, ...).
>>>>>>> So, out of all the interconnected VoIP operators in the States
>>>>>>> large
>>>>>>> OR small...who the heck is left who HASN'T already been
>> required to
>>>>>>> have it implemented on their network by this point??  I don't
>>>>>>> understand who this June 2023 deadline applies to: the POTS
>> circuit
>>>>>>> providers aren't covered by it, and all sizes of
>> interconnected
>>>>>>> VoIP
>>>>>>> providers should have already implemented it a year ago at the
>>>>>>> latest.
>>>>>>> Another question that occurs to me (I could probably find the
>>>>>>> answer
>>>>>>> to this question with a little searching, but since I'm
>> already
>>>>>>> here
>>>>>>> talking to the U.S. telecom brain-trust): would a provider who
>>>>>>> merely
>>>>>>> supplies white-labeled service from another interconnected
>> VoIP
>>>>>>> provider and slaps their own name on it be required to obtain
>> their
>>>>>>> own SHAKEN cert, and have the underlying VoIP provider sign
>> any of
>>>>>>> their customers' calls with that cert instead of a cert
>> belonging
>>>>>>> to
>>>>>>> the actual VoIP provider, even if the white-labeler/reseller
>> has
>>>>>>> literally nothing to do with the network at all that services
>> the
>>>>>>> calls?
>>>>>>> -- Nathan
>>>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>>>> From: VoiceOps [mailto:voiceops-bounces at voiceops.org] On
>> Behalf Of
>>>>>>> Michael Graves via VoiceOps
>>>>>>> Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2023 1:12 PM
>>>>>>> To: Mary Lou Carey; Alex Balashov
>>>>>>> Cc: voiceops at voiceops.org
>>>>>>> Subject: Re: [VoiceOps] All carriers must get their
>>>>>>> certificate by June 30th!
>>>>>>> There was an extension for "small" providers (under 100k
>> lines)
>>>>>>> ends
>>>>>>> on June 30, 2023.
>>>>>>> That extension was basically was targeting rural LECs. It was
>>>>>>> amended
>>>>>>> so it only included those who have physical infrastructure to
>> their
>>>>>>> clients.
>>>>>>> Those who do not operate such legacy infrastructure are
>> supposed to
>>>>>>> be
>>>>>>> signing their calls as of June 30, 2022.
>>>>>>> There are further "gateway" orders about how any operator is
>>>>>>> supposed
>>>>>>> to handle calls arriving on their network that are not signed.
>>>>>>> Michael Graves
>>>>>>> mgraves at mstvp.com
>>>>>>> o: (713) 861-4005
>>>>>>> c: (713) 201-1262
>>>>>>> sip:mgraves at mjg.onsip.com
>>>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>>>> From: VoiceOps <voiceops-bounces at voiceops.org> On Behalf Of
>> Mary
>>>>>>> Lou
>>>>>>> Carey via VoiceOps
>>>>>>> Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2023 2:46 PM
>>>>>>> To: Alex Balashov <abalashov at evaristesys.com>
>>>>>>> Cc: voiceops at voiceops.org
>>>>>>> Subject: Re: [VoiceOps] All carriers must get their
>>>>>>> certificate by June 30th!
>>>>>>> Importance: High
>>>>>>> Any carrier that provides originating VOIP or a combination of
>>>>>>> originating VOIP / PSTN /  Wireless VOICE services needs to
>> get its
>>>>>>> own certificate. My understanding is that only those who
>> provide
>>>>>>> PSTN-only voice services do not need to have their own
>>>>>>> token because the technology still does not support it.
>>>>>>> Mary Lou Carey
>>>>>>> (615) 796-1111
>>>>>>> BackUP Telecom Consulting
>>>>>>> Office: 615-791-9969
>>>>>>> Cell: 615-796-1111
>>>>>>> On 2023-05-31 02:11 PM, Alex Balashov wrote:
>>>>>>>> Hi Mary Lou,
>>>>>>>> Thank you for this.
>>>>>>>> A stupid - and certainly belated - question: how exactly is a
>>>>>>>> carrier
>>>>>>>> defined, in the letter of the regulations underlying this
>>>>>>>> deadline?
>>>>>>>> Or to put it another way: who, as a VoIP service provider of
>> one
>>>>>>>> sort
>>>>>>>> or another, _doesn't_ have to get their own token?
>>>>>>>> -- Alex
>>>>>>>>> On May 31, 2023, at 1:46 PM, Mary Lou Carey via VoiceOps
>>>>>>>>> <voiceops at voiceops.org> wrote:
>>>>>>>>> Hey all,
>>>>>>>>> I just wanted to send out a reminder that the drop dead date
>> for
>>>>>>>>> all
>>>>>>>>> carriers to get THEIR OWN STIR/SHAKEN certificate is coming
>> up on
>>>>>>>>> June 30th. You can still have an underlying carrier sign
>> your
>>>>>>>>> calls
>>>>>>>>> for you, but they must sign with YOUR token......not their
>> own!
>>>>>>>>> You
>>>>>>>>> have to register with the STI-PA to start the process at
>> this
>>>>>>>>> link:
>>>>>>>>> https://authenticatereg.iconectiv.com/register
>>>>>>>>> You must have your own IPES Company Code (aka OCN) and 499
>> filer
>>>>>>>>> ID
>>>>>>>>> to get a STIR/SHAKEN certificate. Just getting the
>> certificate
>>>>>>>>> can
>>>>>>>>> take up to several weeks so please don't wait until the last
>>>>>>>>> minute
>>>>>>>>> to get one. I would hate to see anyone's network get shut
>> down
>>>>>>>>> because they aren't signing their calls as per the FCC
>>>>>>>>> guidelines.
>>>>>>>>> MARY LOU CAREY
>>>>>>>>> BackUP Telecom Consulting
>>>>>>>>> Office: 615-791-9969
>>>>>>>>> Cell: 615-796-1111
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