|Received:||11/27/2004 6:25:17 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I must most strenuously object to any amendment of the Telemarketing Sales Rule that allows more opportunity for telemarketers to spam my phone. Unwanted phone calls are intrusive, and unlike email spam (which is bad enough), unwanted telemarketer calls cannot be held for later review and quick deletion. I do not approve of any amendment that allows for additional call volume aimed at individuals, without explicit permission from the recipient. The "established business relationship" clause is in my opinion a straw man. I may have a very limited business exchange with some branch of a very large company, and what is to prevent the entire remainder of that company from interpreting that exchange as an "established business relationship"? Again, if I explicitly indicate to that company that I am willing to accept unsolicited telemarketing calls, fine. Such calls should be prohibited in all other circumstances. The proposed amendment allowing additional calling is going in exactly the wrong direction.