|Received:||11/27/2004 6:31:20 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:Please do not allow the national no-call list to be used for telemarketing purposes of any kind. This intentionally undermines the very nature of the list. As a consumer, I relish the time I can spend away from the billboards, television commercials, newspaper ads, online popups and banner ads, and spam. In a nation where advertising is running rampant, please do not undermine the public trust and pervert this list into another marketing tool of corporations. If a business would like to call me, let that business call me. Allowing a third-party to call could be construed as creating a relationship, thus allowing that telemarketer to call me for any purpose. If I talk to a telemarketer, believing he or she to be a representative of a business, does that not create a relationship with that telemarketer? Are there provisions to protect against this? Furthermore, what is to prevent businesses from selling my "relationship" with them, and allowing a telemarketer to just call for any reason whatsoever? Is there any clause that will limit the topics the telemarketer may discuss with me? For example, just because I have a pre-existing relationship with my local Ford dealer, does that allow a telemarketer to lease my relationship from that dealer and call me to sell me a vacuum cleaner? This seems to me like a push from telemarketers to get back some of the business they've lost from the no-call list. I cannot express to you how wonderful it is to no longer receive telemarketing calls in the middle of dinner (this past election season aside). It seems to me that it is not the goal of government to protect the revenue streams of businesses, but to protect people from the aggressive nature of business. Allowing this change is a tendency towards the prior, and a terrible idea. Thank you.