|Received:||7/14/2006 1:12:50 PM|
|Subject:||Business Opportunity Rule|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 437|
Comments:I would like to comment on the proposed Business Opportunity Rule. While I appreciate the FCC's concern for the public and wish to protect it from fraudulent business opportunities and scammers, I feel that this rule is poorly thought out and anti-productive, and will only serve to hurt honest network marketers. The people who are scamming aren't going to care about these regulations anyway, and the average prospect won't even know about these regulations. The only thing this ANTI-BUSINESS rule would accomplish is squashing the "good" network marketers. I also see it as a serious violation of privacy rules. This regulation would expose anyone in a network marketing business to having their personal information distributed to anyone. Who would want to be part of such an endeavor? That violaition of privacy, coupled with the undaunting burden of record keeping and disclosure of current and past details of customers and statistics, would effectively make legitimate business unworkable. As for disclosing all law suits against distributors and the company, this suggests a finding of guilt just because a lawsuit was filied. This flies in the face of our judicial system and the premise of "innocent until proven guilty." Any frivolous claim or disgruntled individual would have the power to destroy an individual of company just by the filing of a lawsuit, without having to prove anything. Sure, such infomation should be considered by anyone looking at accociating themselves with a company, but the information is out there, and we don't need the government to do our thinking or "do dilligence" for us. The government should be encouraging entreprenuers instead of making it harder to be a small business operator in this country. This is not the way to shut down illegitimate operators!! It will only hurt the honest ones, while the crooks continue to operate and circumvent the rules.