|Received:||11/27/2004 11:55:41 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:SHORT VERSION: (straight to the point) Phone telemarketers are SPAMERS. They use automated messages to deliver they products (as legit as they may be) to millions of unwilling consumers. Increasing the restraints of their time limits will break the regulations as it is. If you want to effectively run the NO-CALL policies, you should decrease the allowed calls to "a 2% in a 3 day period" and infuse resources in educating the public in how to report posible violators. I'm sure the FCC coffers will appreciate the incomming fine revenue. LONG VERSION: (more interesting) When I moved cross-state to Chattanooga, TN (after living off-shore for 5 years) I had a "clean" record. I could never understand what was the fuzz about these telemarketers... until I return to the States. Two days after I bought a house, and connected my phone I started receiving constant telemarketing calls at all hours of the day. It came to a point that I was receiving an average of 12 calls a day, all from pre-recorded messages. Pressing option 8 (to asked to be removed from their calling list) only aggravated the problem... I imagine that they just got a confirmation of an able phone, and thus re-sold my number to other companies. Then I found your NO-CALL federal list. I, esceptically, signed on and to my surprise... all calls of the telemarketing nature ceased in less than 3 days. I have been telemarketer-free for 3 months and I'm very happy about it. It seems obvious to me that your law DOES WORK AS IT IS! Changing the estipulations to 30 days opens a major loop-hole that would allow these pests to invade our homes. I trully don't mind when someone from the fire or police dept calls me PERSONALLY to ask for a donation. They are taking the time/resources/man-power to ask for a donation to improve my community. But do I need to be offered 5 trips to Disney every day from pre-recorded machines? I do not know if my situation is typical of the rest of the country, but changing the law, to be less strict and allow such a blatant loophole won't make our lives better. Far the contrary. Your NO-CALL list is a success. Score one for the good guys (that is YOU). Gloat in your victory over the evil telemarketers. You guys figured out a way to stop them.No need to mess with it. Now, move on to other areas that may need a little tweaking such as regulating the prices on basic cable services, internet radio broadcast, fair-use of land lines... among a few.