CRTC Permanently Approves Bell Canada’s Call Blocking Technology


The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced on Thursday it has permanently approved Bell Canada’s application to move its new call-blocking technology from trial to a permanent solution, for both itself and affiliates.

Back in November, ahead of the deadline for telcos to implement STIR/SHAKEN technology to identify spam callers using VoIP, the CRTC said Bell had been testing its own anti-spam technology, that had blocked over 1.1 billion callers from July 2020 to October 2021.

Now, the CRTC says it “approves Bell Canada’s application to allow Bell Canada and its affiliates (Bell Canada et al.) to transition its call-blocking mechanism from a trial to a permanent offering subject to the terms and conditions set out in this decision.”