1 Call-Blocking Technology MODERATOR: Bikram Bandy, FTC PANELISTS: Andrew Whitt, Verizon Communications Jeff Stalnaker, PrivacyStar Matt Stein, Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc.
2 Andrew Whitt Director of Network Operations and Corporate Technology Verizon Communications
3 Andrew Whitt Verizon Evolution of Tools to Manage Unwanted Calls The Traditional Telephone Network (PSTN) Network Based Controls Limited by State of Technology Broadband Services Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Enhanced Capabilities Accelerating Evolution of Services Wireless Evolution Driving the Future Network
4 Andrew Whitt Verizon Traditional End Office (Class 5) Switch Signaling Service Logic Trunk Cards Switch Fabric Line Cards To Customer Premises
5 Andrew Whitt Verizon Traditional Wireline Services Combat Robocalls Assisting Customers to Screen or Block Calls Caller ID & Name Call Waiting ID Anonymous Call Rejection (*77) Call Block (*60) Call Trace (*57) Verizon s Unlawful Call Center
6 Andrew Whitt Verizon VoIP Softswitch Design SS7 Signalling Gateway Service Logic Trunk Gateways Internet Protocol Backbone Line Gateways To Customer Premises IP Phones
7 Andrew Whitt Verizon Verizon s VoIP Services FiOS Digital Voice VoIP on FiOS Fiber Online Account Manager, Internet or Smartphone View Call Log, manage Call Block list and other features Caller ID on FiOS TV Voic Screening Verizon Business VoIP Services Migrating Legacy Systems to VoIP Networks Last Verizon 1AESS and 4ESS Retired
8 Andrew Whitt Verizon Verizon Wireless Safeguards From Flip Phone to Smart Phone Apps Explosion Intelligence Moves to the Handset Manage Call & Message Block Online Stop Calls, Text, Picture and Video Message Cloudmark.com Forward Spam Text to 7726 Tracks Spam Text Enables Carriers to Block Illegal Messaging
9 Andrew Whitt Verizon Verizon Partners with Government & Industry Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) Next Generation Interconnection Interoperability Forum (NGIIF) Network Reliability Steering Committee (NRSC) Driving Industry Best Practices Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) Mutual Support to Protect Public Safety Expanding Customer Awareness
10 Focused on Privacy, Protection & Preference for every phone Jeff Stalnaker Founder & CEO
11 Jeff Stalnaker, Founder & CEO, PrivacyStar What We Do Block unlimited unwanted calls & texts Report DNC & Debt Collector violations easily & accurately to the FTC Manage & store all privacy preferences either on your phone or through an integrated web portal Many other features download from app store, carrier website, etc.
12 Jeff Stalnaker, Founder & CEO, PrivacyStar Statistics Over 100 million calls blocked Over 100 million call lookups Over 350,000 complaints filed with the FTC Over 1 million + registered users
13 Jeff Stalnaker, Founder & CEO, PrivacyStar Call Blocking Challenges Spoofing growing issue (landline/mobile) Multiple banks of numbers used by TM Landlines utilize older technology Investment required to solve issues
14 Jeff Stalnaker, Founder & CEO, PrivacyStar Solutions Empower the consumer block as many numbers as desired & file complaints easily for enforcement actions SmartBlock blocks 25 most blocked numbers by crowdsourced data Group Block- blocks entire area code or exchange (all 866 numbers)
15 Jeff Stalnaker, Founder & CEO, PrivacyStar Call Blocking - The Future Technology evolves LTE/RCS/IMS all provide better mousetraps Consumers want a solution on all communication Carriers may need to invest to support call blocking/customer interaction Know that scammers/spoofers will also take advantage of new technology!
16 Matt Stein Senior Vice President, Network, Technology & Planning Primus Telecommunication Canada Inc.
17 Who is Primus Telecommunications Canada Wholly owned subsidiary of NYSE listed PTGi Canadian full service competitive telecommunications carrier 99 Points of Presence and 650 employees in Canada Serving residential, business, and wholesale customers Local Phone / VoIP / HostedPBX / SIP Trunking Access / Data / Broadband Internet / Metro Fibre Colocation / Cloud Services / Managed Services
18 Primus Telemarketing Guard Our initial response to telemarketing complaints leveraged tried/true vendor options that did not stop customer complaints. Invented in 2006, patented and deployed in 2007 Initially brought to market as a free trial Stops millions of telemarketing and robocalls monthly with zero customer involvement required, and no customer complaints Now offered as a free service ongoing to our traditional local phone (copper pair) and VoIP customers
19 Telemarketer s Experience with Primus
20 What happens in the background?
21 End User Value Dramatically fewer telemarketing calls Reduced over 20 per month per customer Announced calls invite customer to take further action and create more customer engagement in the process Customer satisfaction with the service is high, directly evidenced by reduction in churn The user has the option to change or tailor their experience at any time through their phone or online portal The user base makes the decision on who is and who is not a telemarketer We do not have to make a value judgement on our customer s behalf
22 Current State Telemarketing is still growing, even to a base proven unreachable for a prolonged time, even in face of DNC Customers created a Facebook fan page for this particular feature of our service Millions of telemarketer calls are screened from reaching Primus customers every month Customer surveys continue to indicate that this system and our leadership in managing telemarketing have created lasting customer loyalty
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