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Telephone ‘spam filter’ approved by regulators

Telemarketing Guard™ service highlighted as industry-leading platform to combat nuisance calls

TORONTO – November 11, 2016 – Primus applauds the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for its decision to approve advanced call-filtering technologies which protect consumers from annoying and illegal robocalls.      

“While spam filtering is a standard feature for any e-mail service, millions of Canadians are left completely exposed to unwanted robocalls and telemarketing scams,” said Brad Fisher, GM of Primus. “The CRTC’s decision confirms that intelligent call-filtering solutions like Telemarketing Guard™ give consumers more control over who they communicate with, and that this technology can be successfully deployed on Canadian networks.”

The CRTC’s decision follows an extensive public consultation to examine technical solutions that empower Canadians to manage nuisance calls. In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved anti-telemarketing technologies for use in the United States. Primus demonstrated that it was the only telecommunications service provider to have successfully developed and deployed a patented, dynamic call-filtering technology to control mass telephone calls on its own network.

The growing issue of nuisance calls and Primus’ innovative solution was recently profiled in the media by CBC and the Wall Street Journal. The solution was also highlighted by the U.S.-based Consumers Union, the policy and action division of Consumer Reports. Primus executives were also invited to advise the U.S. Congressional Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on strategies to stop fraudulent robocalls.

About Telemarketing Guard™

Primus’ Telemarketing Guard™ gives individual customers the final say over who they speak with, and it has proven itself to be the leading platform to empower consumers to protect themselves from frustrating and illegal mass calls.

About Primus

Primus is a trusted national communications provider, offering a smarter connectivity choice for Canadian consumers, businesses and wholesale customers. As Canada’s most experienced digital phone service (VoIP) provider, Primus delivers leading-edge Internet and network services, award winning voice services, and cloud-based phone systems (Hosted PBX), all backed by exceptional customer service. For further information, visit primus.ca.

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