|Received:||11/27/2004 11:04:52 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I was disappointed to read the FCC is considering this action; it goes against the whole point of the Do Not Call list. For me, the reasoning is very simple. I placed my phone numbers on the Do Not Call list because I don't *want* to be contacted by telemarketers, whether pre-recorded or live. At least with live telemarketers, I can demand the calls stop before I end the call. With recordings, my only option is to contact the caller to try to put a stop to the calls. The telemarketing industry has repeatedly demonstrated it cannot be trusted to respect the wishes of those it contacts. We wouldn't need a "do not call" list if telemarketers actually stopped calling us when we tell them to. The fact that the industry is suggesting this "compromise" means they *still* don't care one bit about the people they pester. The notion of "preexisting relationships" with companies represented by telemarketers is obnoxious -- my desire to be on the Do Not Call list is a clear, plain indication that I don't want *any* sales calls, even from companies I've made purchases from before. I've never purchased anything from a telemarketer, and never will. Companies tend to lose my business when I purchase a product from them then start getting calls from them trying to sell me more. It's annoying. Telemarketing is a nuisance and an annoyance, in every form. The Do Not Call list was the first step in fixing the problem. Please don't undo that work by permitting telemarketers to send pre-recorded messages my way that I can't stop (without making yet more effort to stop them). Please reject this proposal, and leave the Do Not Call registry untouched. It's working just fine the way it is. Thank you for your consideration.