|Received:||11/28/2004 9:09:29 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:Imagine coming home every night and finding four or five messages on your answering machine, some 2-3 minutes long, that are nothing more than advertisements. To have to sort through those messages to hear the valid messages will be even worse than having to sift through your e-mail inbox every morning to sort the spam from the legitimate e-mails. The proposed amendment opens the door to this kind of abuse and changes in technology, particularly VOIP, will make it a reality within months of passage. With VOIP, it will cost as little to spam our answering machines as it does to spam our e-mailboxes. Congress has already outlawed fax spam and states are seeking to outlaw e-mail spam. Why on earth would the FCC open a loophole allowing yet another source of spam to pollute our lives? This amendment is a horrible idea.