|Received:||11/27/2004 10:31:20 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:The proposed change in the Telemarketing Sales Rule to create an abandonment safe haven for prerecorded messages seems like a way to allow telemarketers to bypass the law and bombard people with unwanted telemarketing messages. An "established business relationship" is a very easily met and not very restrictive criterion for allowing prerecorded telemarketing---the very worst kind of telemarketing! The callee cannot simply interrupt the telemarketer and ask to be removed from his list. It's now the burden of the callee to seek out the company involved and ask to be removed, which may not be a trivial task! Adding a number to the Do Not Call reguistry has one, simple, unambiguous meaning: do not call this number for the purposes of telemarketing. If I wanted telemarketing calls--of any kind--I would not add my number to the list. The proposed change would allow telemarketers more freedom in calling numbers on the list, and it is not in the best interest of the consumers whom the FTC is supposedly trying to protect. I am strongly opposed to the proposed change and I hope the FTC does not implement it. Doing so would make the Do Not Call registry far less effective.