Free Robocall Blocking now available on California TDS phone lines

The new feature comes at no additional charge for customers

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS®) announces free Robocall Blocking for all TDS customers located in California with phone services. Robocalling is defined as automated calling used to deliver a prerecorded message. TDS systems will now identify high-risk “spam” callers and will stop the call from reaching customers’ lines.

“Because of this blocking, our customers can be more confident the calls they answer will be legitimate,” says Julie Maiers, vice president of Marketing and Product Development at TDS. “We’re proud to provide this added layer of security to our customers.”

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has asked the telecommunications industry to implement controls to reduce unwanted robocalls for customers. In fact, robocalling was the number one category of complaint in 2020.

Please note, Robocall Blocking does not stop legitimate calls from fundraising organizations, political parties, or non-profit agencies that adhere to FCC guidelines.

As an extra step, anyone can place their phone numbers on the national Do Not Call Registry. To do so, visit www.donotcall.gov or call 1-888-382-1222. Once registered, other types of organizations may still call, such as debt collectors, charities, political groups, and surveys.

To report someone who is making illegal calls or transmitting inaccurate Caller ID information, visit reportarobocall.com/trf.

If customers believe they are missing legitimate calls because of Robocall Blocking, they can contact TDS Customer Repair at 1-888-CALL-TDS. To opt out of this service, customers can call the same number. For more information about TDS Robocall Blocking feature, visit tdstelecom.com/norobocall.

Media Contact: Mike Wanta | Associate Manager - Communications | TDS Telecom | 608-664-1096| mike.wanta@tdstelecom.com  

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to nearly 900 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities across the U.S. With more than 1.2 million connections, TDS is one of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States. Powered by fiber-optics and new industry-leading technologies, TDS delivers up to 1 Gigabit internet speeds and offers internet-protocol based TV entertainment solutions along with traditional phone services. TDS also offers businesses VoIP advanced communications solutions, dedicated internet service, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit tdstelecom.com.

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs nearly 2,700 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company. Founded in 1969, TDS Inc. employs 9,400 people and has approximately six million connections nationwide through its businesses U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Broadband Service. TDS Inc. has been named to several Forbes lists, including America's Best Employers for Diversity, Best Large Employers, and Best Employers for Women. Visit tdsinc.com.

Updated February 2019

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