|Received:||11/27/2004 11:38:15 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:Greetings. Thanks for the opportunity to comment on the proposed change to the no call list. I have an opinion. Don’t make it easier for telemarketers to call me. I point to your erroneous use of the word ‘relationship.’ Because I do business with a company does not make a ‘relationship.’ It’s a business transaction, no more, no less. Neither is that company any more a ‘family’—with whom they so generously share marketing information about me—than the trees in my yard or the car in my driveway bonafide family members to me. I transacted business with them, period. That I purchase a good or service from an entity does not, implicitly or explicitly, grant permission for anything other than my giving them money in exchange for that item. Period. Inventing the no call list was a huge step backward in the right direction. We the people—who are, by the way, only incidentally consumers—need to be in the driver’s seat once again when it comes to business. The burden of reclaiming my right not to receive something I don’t want ought to be on the shoulders of the business. I believe I have the right to demand a business, candidate, medical office, insurer or other provider to actively and openly seek my permission for further marketing rather than the other way around. Let the business jump through the hoops of making phone calls, reading small and obscurely written print, sit endlessly on hold and work their arduous way through telephone menus to gain my permission to market my name, bother me with calls, fill my recycling bins (both paper and electronic) with wasteful junk, and otherwise waste my time and our collective precious resources. But because of strong lobbying and a porkbarrel-driven Congress, this isn’t the case, and the tables are turned. I can think of no one who welcomes these invasions. By no means grant that leniency. The no call list is but one tiny protection active citizens have against unwanted intrusions. Make busineess do the work, and let us citizens rest in this one small corner of relative security.