Special Webinar Session
Monday, July 19, 11:30am-12:30pm EDT
SHAKEN Goes Global – Opportunities and Challenges for Service Providers and Regulators Outside of the U.S.
The June 30 SHAKEN/ STIR implementation deadline has passed and it is now time to prepare for our next adventure: making our trusted calling ecosystem friendly to international callers.
The recently introduced FCC foreign provider prohibition measure to stop foreign scammers has the potential to block legitimate overseas calls if service providers do not meet the requirements by the September 28.
The unintended negative consequences of the FCC order are causing U.S. and foreign carriers alike to scramble, exposing an unprecedented myriad of complications for legitimate businesses conducting legitimate calls.
During this one-hour program, we’ll talk through recent policy updates and their impact, as well as provide strategies and lessons learned regarding cross-border calls.
Moderated by Bevin Fletcher, Editor of FierceWireless. Panelists include Mike O’Brien, Chief Product Officer at iconectiv; Jim McEachern, Principal Technologist at ATIS; Melissa Blassingame, Director, Strategic Business Development at Twilio; and Gunnar Halley, Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft.
Bevin Fletcher is editor of FierceWireless. She previously served as senior reporter for Wireless Week and CED Magazine, covering the wireless industry on a variety of topics including regulation, technology, and business. She has also worked as a journalist at biotech and finance trade publications. Bevin has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from West Virginia University.
Michael O’Brien is Chief Product Officer at iconectiv. He is responsible for executing on the company’s strategy and driving new pathways of sustainable growth for the company.
An experienced industry veteran, O’Brien has more than 30 years of experience in the mobile communications industry. He most recently served as Group Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development at Syniverse, where he focused on product and geographic expansion to support the company’s strategic priorities.
O’Brien was recently named one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in the Roaming and Interconnect Industry by Rocco Research. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science Degree from the University of Virginia, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Jim McEachern is an expert in the governance of the SHAKEN anti-spoofing protocol and an advisor to the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS).
The Signature-based Handling of Asserted information using toKENs, otherwise known as SHAKEN, is a mechanism that enables a digital ‘signature’ to be added to voice calls, so the origin of the call can be confirmed by the telco that terminates it. It is hence a method that tackles the issue of caller ID spoofing and all the nuisance calls and frauds associated with spoofing. ATIS is a Governance Authority, meaning it plays a vital role in ensuring signatures are authentic.
Jim has enjoyed a long and distinguished career with a sharp focus on technical and standards-related topics in the telecommunications industry. Prior to working with ATIS, Jim spent 13 years in technical roles at Bell Northern Research and 16 years in engineering and standards roles at Nortel. Jim also served a one-year term as President of the MultiService Forum (MSF), a standards organization dedicated to interoperability testing, and he continues to serve on the MSF Board of Directors.
Gunnar Halley is Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft. Gunnar is an experienced attorney with a history of working in the computer software, information technology, and telecommunications industries on a global scale, and is skilled in product counseling, regulatory matters, compliance, public policy, contract negotiation, and strategic planning. Gunnar graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.