Experts argue over whether child online protection laws should be overhauled: broadband breakfast

Should the Federal Communications Commission seek alternative platforms to solve its spam, scam and robocall problems in 2022? Yes! Does the Blockchain offer interesting solutions? Yes! We would like to ask the FCC to increase the breadth of their focus when it comes to deploying solutions to address their growing number of systemic challenges.

Any action to stop the robocall craze and tech-driven scams would be welcome. As Americans deal with the lingering pandemic, mass shootings, uncertain economy and war in Europe, the constant annoyance of scammers and 4.1 billion robocalls per month is simply too. Most people reacted by literally abandoning voice communications.

Recently implemented legislation called STIR/SHAKEN is a step in the right direction, but it is not a long-term solution. The FCC simply takes the old standards and applies them to new technologies. New thinking is needed; the next generation of technology must be explored. And the most promising of the new tools to protect our telecommunications system from fraudulent players is the blockchain.

The key to stopping these nefarious acts lies in a blockchain-powered digital identity solution – a shard database or ledger. An identity solution allows customers to be confident that communication is really coming from companies they know and trust.

With the blockchain, only authorized and verified messages pass. Spam and robocalls are virtually eliminated all at once. All it takes is a slight change in the way we approach communications.

In a world where consumers are already doing all they can to self-manage their identities, imagining adding a certified digital ID to our phone numbers is no big leap of faith.

Consumers freely use their phone numbers to certify and manage their identity – even more so than they use their social security numbers, birthdays, mother’s maiden name and secret questions. In today’s digital world, consumers use their phone numbers to sign up for in-store discounts, receive health and safety alerts, and even transfer money to others.

And in their efforts to stop spam and robocalls, consumers are happily adding apps like Hiya, paying these intermediaries more than $300 million a year.

The FCC must evolve and adopt technology that allows consumers and mobile operators who have a common interest to attest to their identity. They need to recognize that blockchain technology offers an elegant, all-encompassing solution to the $40 billion in fraud consumers fall victim to each year.

It’s time we leveraged a solution that is already being used in other countries like India, where blockchain technology helps protect over 600 million citizens from spam and robocalls.

In 2004, as the future of telecommunications was being written, the FCC was challenged to establish rules governing Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). At that time, we hosted brown lunches for Congress and held FCC open demo days as well as a mini-show on the Hill in our effort to inform and educate Congress, staff members and other government employees on the latest and greatest innovations in Internet communications technology.

The FCC would be well advised to revisit this practice of showing and telling where they hear about the innovators of groundbreaking new technologies that can solve their biggest concerns. It is certainly wiser than simply taking the advice of lobbyists and relying on extremely limited and unenforceable legislation.

When the FCC uses its influence to study and adopt new and innovative technologies, it can finally make meaningful progress in restoring confidence in the quality of service associated with our communications.

Jeff Pulver is a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) innovator. He helped change the way the FCC classified VoIP in 2004, paving the way for the development of video and voice communications over the Internet. Co-founder of Vonage, Jeff has invested in over 400 start-ups.

Noah Rafalko is a pioneer of TNID (Telephone Number ID), a blockchain solution that restores trust in communications. Noah is Founder and CEO of TSG Global, Inc. which provides voice, messaging and identity management services for SaaS enterprises and large enterprises. This room is exclusive to Broadband Breakfast.

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