|Received:||11/27/2004 7:40:12 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:During the election we were bombarded with prerecorded messages. IT WAS EXTREMELY ANNOYING!!!!! We almost didn't vote because of it. Only 2-3 candidates did this. Consumers have thousands of business relationships. Even if only 1% did this, I envision we will NEVER be able to use our phone for personal use. I have no faith that a prerecorded system will be discrete on when to call either. We will probably get calls at all hours of the night! Even with caller-id, our initial response is to answer the phone when it rings-it might be IMPORTANT. We have an older family member living with us and I am afraid if an emergency came up we would not be able to call out. We should not be forced to use a cell phone (which we do not have) to guarentee emergency access. The cell phone would also probably start being tied up as well! And I DO NOT want my phone ringing constantly! That is like being honked at while driving or fingernails on a chalkboard. It startles and irrates me. Turn down ringers and you might miss an important call (if it can even get through). There are plenty of acceptable methods for businesses to use. Junk mail is not pleasant, but preferrable. At least it does not interrupt me when it is least convenient. The ability to Opt Out may resolve the problem, but why implement something that you have to manage to be sure it is effective? It is not cost effective (and we are already out of control on the budget). The best option is to not allow it AT ALL! The current program has been acceptably effective. The only people I still get TOO much contact from are charities. The rare case of someone else and a simple statement of we are on the do not call list takes care of it. If you do anything, you should limit charities. Phone calls do not increase our amount of giving and we never respond to a phone request.