Mitigating Illegal Robocalling Advances with Secure Telephone Identity Governance Authority Board’s Selection of iconectiv as Policy Administrator

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Secure Telephone Identity Governance Authority (STI-GA), operating
under the auspices of ATIS, today announced the selection of iconectiv
as the U.S. STI Policy Administrator (STI-PA), a critical role in
industry efforts to mitigate illegal robocalling.

As the STI-PA, iconectiv will apply and enforce the rules as defined by
the STI-GA to operationalize the SHAKEN (Signature-based Handling of
Asserted information using toKENs) framework. SHAKEN specifies a
practical mechanism for service providers to authenticate calls and let
consumers know that the information displayed on their caller ID is
accurate. The STI-PA will apply and enforce mechanisms designed to
ensure that STI certificates are only available to authorized service
providers based on rules defined by the STI-GA. As the STI-PA, iconectiv
will also ensure that STI Certification Authorities (STI-CAs) perform
all security functions specified to maintain the integrity of the SHAKEN
framework.

“The selection of iconectiv as STI-PA is a major milestone in putting
SHAKEN into action, a top industry priority critical to restoring trust
in the voice network,” said ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller.
“Through ATIS, the industry has come together to achieve this common
goal.”

“The industry-led STI-GA Board is excited to announce the selection of
iconectiv as the Policy Administrator,” STI-GA Chair Linda Vandeloop of
AT&T said. “iconectiv has an excellent reputation within the industry
and we felt they were the right choice to advance the work to implement
SHAKEN this year.”

“This is a critical building block in keeping the integrity of the phone
number and we are energized to be part of this collaborative initiative
that puts the value of phone calls back in the hands of Americans,” said
Richard Jacowleff, President and CEO, iconectiv. “With this
FCC-endorsed, industry-led initiative, service providers will be able to
more readily confirm legitimate calls and trace and block illegitimate
ones so that consumers can, once again, enjoy answering calls with
confidence.”

With the selection of iconectiv as the STI-PA, the STI-GA has completed
the initial establishment of the STI-GA ecosystem as contemplated by the
FCC’s North American Numbering Council (NANC) Call Authentication Trust
Anchor Working Group. This ecosystem is expected to be operational by
the end of 2019.

About the STI-GA
The Secure Telephone Identity Governance
Authority (STI-GA) is the industry-led effort to support the timely
deployment of the STIR/SHAKEN protocol and framework. The STI-GA Board
consists of representatives from the following stakeholders:

  • Chair – Linda Vandeloop, AT&T
  • Vice Chair – Glenn Clepper, Charter Communications; appointed by NCTA
    – The Internet & Television Association
  • Clinton Lee, Jackson Energy Authority; appointed by the America’s
    Communications Association
  • Nathan Sutter, Nex-Tech Wireless; appointed by the Competitive
    Carriers Association
  • Indra Chalk, T-Mobile; appointed by CTIA
  • Greg Rogers, Bandwidth; appointed by INCOMPAS
  • Dave Frigen, Wabash Communications; appointed by NTCA – The Rural
    Broadband Association
  • Chris Oatway, Verizon; appointed by US Telecom
  • Gunnar Halley, Microsoft; appointed by the VON Coalition
  • Michael Starkey, QSI Consulting, Inc.; appointed by Western
    Telecommunications Alliance and TEXALTEL
  • Tim Kagele, Comcast
  • Darah Franklin, Google

Learn more about the industry-led STI-GA and
its critical contributions toward combatting illegal robocalling.

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 business priorities. ATIS’ 150 member companies are currently
addressing illegal robocall mitigation, 5G, Smart Cities, artificial
intelligence-enabled networks, distributed ledger/blockchain technology,
cybersecurity, IoT, emergency services, 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 of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU),
as well as a member of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission
(CITEL). For more information, visit www.atis.org.
Follow ATIS on Twitter and
on LinkedIn.

About iconectiv
iconectiv
provides authoritative numbering intelligence to the global
communications industry. Our market-leading solutions enable the
interconnection of networks, devices and applications for more than two
billion people every day who count on a simple, seamless and secure way
to access and exchange information. With 30+ years of experience and
more than 5,000 customers worldwide, iconectiv has intimate knowledge of
the intricacies and complexities in creating, operating and securing the
communications infrastructure for service providers, regulators and
enterprises. Our solutions span network and operations management,
numbering, registries and fraud prevention. To learn more, visit www.iconectiv.com.
Follow iconectiv on Twitter
and on LinkedIn.

Contacts

Marcella Wolfe
Manager, Public Relations &
Marketing
Communications, ATIS
Phone: 202-434-8851
Email: mwolfe@atis.org

Sharon Oddy
Head of Corporate Communications, iconectiv
Phone:
+1 732-699-5130
Email: soddy@iconectiv.com

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