Bell Canada awarded for North American online security leadership

    Sympatico honoured with Online Safety Leadership Award for commitment to
    improving Internet safety and security for customers

    TORONTO, Ontario, April 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell Canada today announced
that Sympatico, Canada's number one Internet service provider, has been named
an Online Safety Leadership Award winner by the Authentication and Online
Trust Alliance (AOTA).
    Sympatico's award, which recognizes its continuing leadership in
preserving and improving online safety, consumer education and ongoing
technological innovation, was announced today during the AOTA's 2007 Spring
Summit in Boston.
    "We are thrilled at this recognition of Sympatico's deep and ongoing
commitment to making Internet access as safe and secure as possible," said
Bradley Fisher, Vice President, Consumer Internet Services for Bell Canada.
"No other service provider in Canada is doing more than Sympatico to protect
Canadians online. It is gratifying to see our hard work and leadership
endorsed by the industry."
    The inaugural AOTA Leadership Awards recognized companies and
organizations from around the world that are making the Internet a safer place
by adopting innovative technologies to eliminate spam, educating the public
about online safety, and working with law enforcement and government to combat
online crime.
    "Sympatico is an organization that has clearly set the pace for the
market today in terms of making every effort to preserve and enhance both
consumer trust and online safety for Canadians," said Craig Spiezle, the
AOTA's executive director, and director of online safety at Microsoft Canada.
"To companies like Sympatico we say congratulations on an exceptional job and
please keep up your outstanding efforts."
    Sympatico is the first ISP to launch anti-virus, personal firewall, spam
filtering and fraud protection for its customers and a founding member of the
Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG). Bell also uses newsletters,
campaigns such as Be Web Aware and Stop Spam Here, and the Sympatico-MSN
portal to deliver helpful tips and advice on safe Internet use to Canadians
coast to coast.
    Sympatico is the only ISP in Canada to offer exclusive security services
and features such as:

    - Fraud Protection service that blocks access to harmful websites that
      may attempt to steal credit card information or personal passwords.

    - Personal Vault service that provides automatic online back-up of
      customer computer files, such as precious photos or important financial

    - Security Concierge service, in which a security specialist can remotely
      conduct a deep scan and virus removal on a PC on behalf of a customer.

    Bell is also focused on helping to protect children's safety, both online
and offline, with a rich history of support for and partnerships with
organizations such as the Canadian Coalition Against Internet Child
Exploitation (CCAICE),, National Child Exploitation Coordination
Centre (NCECC) and Kids Help Phone.
    As a member of the federal Competition Bureau's Fraud Prevention Forum
(FPF), Bell is working with other organizations across Canada to raise
awareness among Canadians about online fraud and how to prevent it. In March,
2007, Bell supported the FPF and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in
promoting Fraud Prevention month.
    For more information on Sympatico's industry-leading safety initiatives,
please visit

    About Bell Canada

    Bell Canada is Canada's national leader in communications with 28 million
customer connections across the country. The company provides consumers with
simple solutions to all their communications needs, including telephone
services, wireless communications, high-speed Internet, digital television and
voice over IP. Bell also offers integrated information and communications
technology (ICT) services to businesses and governments, and is the Virtual
Chief Information Officer (VCIO) to small and medium businesses (SMBs). Bell
is proud to be a Premier National Partner and the exclusive Communications
Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Bell is
wholly-owned by BCE Inc. For information on Bell's products and services,
please visit, and for corporate information on BCE, please visit

For further information:

For further information: Paolo Pasquini, Bell Canada, Media Relations,
(416) 581-3311, 1-888-482-0809,

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