|Received:||11/27/2004 6:49:02 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I strongly oppose both the proposed changes which would, in my opinion, have the effect of diluting the effectiveness of the current rule on Telemarketing Sales. The existing established business relationship exception is being abused; one call I received this week in which the telemarketer cited that exception was from a bank with which I had last done business in 1987. If anything, I would like to see the business relationship loophole removed, not enlarged. Likewise, the abandonment provisions that presently exist are, if anything, too weak. Especially during the recent political season the number of such calls we received escalated sharply, and, I would note, many telemarketing callers still fail to provide meaningful caller-id information. I find that a significant percentage of my available voice-mail storage has been taken by pre-recorded political messages, in several cases filling the storage and resulting in the loss of desired business calls. Please do not weaken the rule with these changes which benefit no one by the telemarketers.