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The FCC has Accelerated S/S deadline for small non-facilities based providers.

December 14, 2021
The FCC has Accelerated S/S deadline for small non-facilities based providers.

The FCC released an order accelerating the deadline to June 30, 2022 for small voice service providers (less than 100,000 subscriber lines) to implement STIR/SHAKEN.

The new deadline applies to small voice service providers that do not also sell the underlying transmission lines to their customer, that is, over-the-top VoIP providers.

CCA members with less than 100,000 subscriber lines have relied on the FCC’s extended deadline to 2023 to implement STIR/SHAKEN.

The FCC has moved up this deadline to June 30, 2022 for small voice service providers that do not also sell the underlying transmission lines to their end user customer, which the FCC calls non-facilities-based providers.  If you relied on the small carrier exemption to delay implementation of STIR/SHAKEN and you are not facilities-based, as defined by the FCC, you now must comply by June 30 of next year.  You must also update your entry in the Robocall Mitigation Database. The FCC will assume that any provider that indicates on its 499 form that it sells voice service unbundled from the underlying transmission is a non-facilities-based provider that must now comply with the new deadline. The new deadline also applies to small voice service providers that fail to respond to FCC notices that they are carrying illegal traffic.

The order can be found here: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-21-122A1.pdf

Please contact the CCA if you have any questions.

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