October 14, 2021 — Comments

We applaud the Commission’s initiation of a regulatory process to consider the best ways to increase accountability for VoIP providers by limiting their direct access to numbers pursuant to Section 6 of the TRACED Act. That section requires the Commission to determine “how Commission policies regarding access to number resources . . . could be modified [to ensure] that providers of voice service given access to number resources take sufficient steps to know the identity of the customers of such providers . . . .” The idea behind Section 6 is to put the onus on the VoIP providers to ensure that the parties to whom they are providing access to the American telephone system are complying with the rules. Given the ongoing invasion of robocalls to America’s telephones, this effort—along with others initiated by the Commission—are clearly much needed.