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XO Outsources Do-Not-Call Screening to VeriSign

Broadband service provider XO Communications will use VeriSign's TeleBlock service to avoid violating state and federal "do-not-call" laws.

Financial terms of the deal between the Reston, Va., and Mountain View, Calif., firms were not disclosed.

VeriSign's offering blocks connection of unwanted calls and faxes to telephone numbers of consumers. It's based on software from Call Compliance, a privately held Glen Cove, N.Y., firm.

"Helping carriers meet the requirements of mandated services, while easing the associated burdens of cost and complexity, has always been a strength of VeriSign's telecommunication services," said Vernon Irvin, a VeriSign vice president.

There are more than 20 million phone numbers from state do-not-call lists currently in the VeriSign TeleBlock platform, and more than 25 million more numbers have already been registered in the new national database scheduled to come online October 1.

Carriers and others who use telemarketing face steep fines for caller numbers on the list.

"XO selected VeriSign's nationwide Do-Not-Call service because of cost benefits and ease of deployment," said Linda Mills, Vice President Product and Offer Management. "Additionally, VeriSign's solution helps XO enable our call center customers to honor consumer wishes."

VeriSign said TeleBlock is used by several other major carriers to screen millions of numbers daily. And thatnumber is projected to grow rapidly as additional customers come online, and when teleservice centers are required to begin accessing the new national database in October.

Last week, Verisign, which provides domain name registration and e-commerce security services, posted a narrower loss in the second quarter.