|Received:||11/27/2004 10:01:44 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:Please, now that we have relief from all those nuisance calls (to me to be defined as calls from business interests to citizens who did not invite such contact, as the nature of those calls are better served by the citizen initiating contact with the business AT THE THE CITIZENS' OPTION). The right thing has already been done for we citizens and I, for one, am extremely grateful for the newfound peace with my phoneline. In my opinion, the telephone is to be used at the convenience of those choosing to be served by it. It is not an open door to be used by unknown agents of commerce to gain entrance into the privacy of my home. We consumers should, by default, have the right to a "no soliciting" protection for our phone lines just as we have in our neighborhood or front door. We should not have to "opt out" of such a nuisance/ intrusion; we should be able to choose to "opt in." The absolute worst aspect of the proposed change is the allowing of "prerecorded message telemarketing". This is the absolute worst intrusion on my peace and serenity in my own home and I resent its consideration. At least with a live person on the line one can vent their displeasure and demand immediate removal from any lists of potential contacts used by the caller. With all due respect I request that this consideration of a dilution in the restrictions recently imposed on the telemarketing industry be shelved now and forever more. We, the consumer public, are smart enough to recognize a need for a product or a service and are quite capable of soliciting for same by ourselves. If this is not the case, an option could be provided for those who so desire for them to request to be placed on a preferred business calling list for a specified period of time. Thank you for allowing me to voice my thoughts and opinions on this matter.