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BendBroadband blocking more spam calls than ever

BendBroadband blocking more spam calls than ever

In recent years, what has been the No. 1 complaint to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding telephones?

If you answered spam calls, often in the form of “robocalls,” you’re correct! Robocalling is defined as automated calling used to deliver a prerecorded message, often for illegal purposes.

Back in January 2021, TDS announced plans to block robocalls intended for BendBroadband and TDS customers. While this announcement came on the heels of an FCC order requiring free robocall blocking to Californians, TDS has had its eye on providing the free service to all of its customers for some time.

According to Phil Berry, manager of Product Management at TDS, the FCC took a concerted effort to reduce spam calls and robocalls in 2019 after a record number of robocalls hit U.S. phones that year. Soon after, Berry spearheaded a project to block more robocalls intended for BendBroadband and TDS customers.

After a couple of years of hard work, the 2021 results have been nothing short of spectacular. In total, TDS blocked nearly 24 million calls throughout the year. However, it’s the monthly trends that are the most encouraging.

The percentage of robocalls blocked by TDS declined considerably throughout the past year. While over 16% of all incoming calls in June were blocked due to spamming properties, this number fell to under 2% in December. In terms of total calls blocked, this rounds out to 5 million robocalls blocked in June, compared to just over 500,000 in December.

“What this data tells us is all the hard work done by TDS and other North American carriers is driving away robocalling attempts as a whole,” Berry said. “Many spam callers have actually shifted away from targeting North American customers to others in different continents.”

This technology not only protects our customers from potential scammers, but it also improves the quality of our products.

“One of the biggest objections people have had regarding landlines is the fear that the majority of their landline calls would be spam calls,” Berry said. “This simply isn’t the case anymore. And unlike many of our competitors, we’re also thrilled to offer this service for free.”

Please take advantage of this outstanding technology and consider our home and business phone packages!

BendBroadband launches new channel on TDS TV+ — Ride TV

Hold your horses — anything and everything horse related is on BendBroadband’s newest channel, Ride TV. The 24-hour Ride TV network is the first and only television network dedicated to showcasing equestrian sports, culture, and lifestyle.  Shows include Mini Horses, Cowgirls, Country Corner, Swamp Donkey, Ranch Real Estate, and Jump Girls, and new Cowboy movies… Continue Reading

TDS named a top Business ISP by PC Magazine

TDS named a top Business ISP by PC Magazine

Business customers named TDS Telecom (TDS®) as a top business internet service provider (ISP) in PC Magazine’s May 2021 survey.  TDS scored high marks across all measures, landing in the top 10, edging out competitors like AT&T, Spectrum Business and CenturyLink. BendBroadband is a TDS company. TDS Director of Product Management, Erin Danz, credits the company’s… Continue Reading

BendBroadband to no longer carry AMC Network

As of June 10, 2021, BendBroadband will no longer carry the AMC Network on our channel lineups. These channels include AMC, BBC America, We tv (Women’s Entertainment), BBC World News, IFC, and Sundance. As with every contract negotiation, TDS, the parent company of BendBroadband, looks for a fair and reasonable agreement. AMC launched AMC+, a… Continue Reading

Redmond and Bend ranked as the 12th and 13th best small cities to start a business

Redmond and Bend, Oregon were named number 12 and 13 respectively, as the best small cities to start a business. The report was developed by WalletHub, who compared the business-friendliness of more than 1,300 small-sized cities. Their data set of 20 key metrics ranged from average growth in number of small businesses to investor access… Continue Reading