|Received:||11/27/2004 8:08:10 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I am totally opposed to allowing companies to send pre-recorded telephone spam to me under any circumstances. I pay for my telephone service (including the myriad of required fees of questionable legality) for my own convenience and for my own safety and do not keep a telephone for the commercial convenience of third parties. Your attempt to require companies to properly identify themselves and provide "opt-out" provisions is laughable. Any such communications should be "opt-in" and require written proof that I have opted in to receive calls. Just because I do business with a company does not mean I wish to receive unsolicited telephone spam from them. It should be illegal for any company to make any commercial call without properly identifying the originating company and telephone number on caller id systems. My wife works at night and attempts to sleep during the day. Since the "Do Not Call" list has been in effect, we have not been harassed by unwanted commercial telephone spam. Your attempt to open this loophole would allow unscrupulous companies to bombard us with automated pre-recorded telephone calls during the day while my wife is attempting to sleep. Already, she has difficulty getting enough sleep due to the unhealthy schedule she is forced to work. You would make it even more difficult for her to get proper rest. I also object totally to the use of unsolicited, automated mass telepone calls. Allowing such automated call systems would allow a company to annoy millions of people with the hope, as all spammers do, that they would find the 0.01% of morons who would respond. I find your attempt to backtrack on the promise of the "Do Not Call" list to be of questionable legality and I question the motive of Allen Hile with regard to this endeavor. I request that you conduct a investigation into Mr. Hile's finances to ensure that he is not taking this action in exchange for a bribe. As you can tell I do not trust the companies who are requesting this change nor do I trust you. Where were you when Vioxx was being advertised causing hundreds of thousands of heart attacks and tens of thousands of deaths all the while the company _knew_ of the drug's harmful effects? If you can allow mass-murder on such scale, why should I believe you would protect me in this case? Finally, I did not identify myself on this form since it is hosted on a third party site with no definite connection to the FTC. Your use of such third party sites demonstrates your incompentance in dealing with the rampant epidemic of "phishing" attacks against the public. How stupid can you be? An outraged United States Citizen, not a mindless consumer.