|Received:||11/28/2004 11:00:50 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:The recent article in the Chicago Sun Times (http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-fone27.html) sheds light on a plan to open a loophole in the Do Not Call Registry. This is an absurd idea. The premise of the Do Not Call Registry was to allow citizens to go on record saying that they DO NOT WISH TO BE CALLED by telemarketers. Opening a loophold to allow pre-recorded messages defeats the entire purpose of the registry. I can only HOPE that the Federal Trade Commission will show enough intelligence to stop any research into opening a loophole in the registry. As soon as a loophole is introduced, we all KNOW that telemarketing compnaies will find ways to abuse it - - especially when it comes to a list like the Do Not Call Registry. If telemarketers truly want my business, maybe they should go about producing a product that I might actually WANT to purchase or find a fundraising organization that ACTUALLY HELPS the groups they falsely represent. Unfortunately, telemarketers more readily try to use pressure and poor timing to elicit a purchase. MOST IMPORTANTLY ... prerecorded messages are NOTORIOUS for not disconnecting when a consumer hagns the phone up. Prior to the Do Not Call Registry, there were time where my phone line was HIJACKED by a pre-recorded message that could last up to 30 minutes. Is this REALLY what the FTC wants to allow? This would become the only means for telemarketers to contact consumers on the Do Not Call Registry. PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW PRERECORDED MESSAGES ON THE DO NOT CALL REGISTRY! PRESERVE THE INTEGRITY OF THE REGISTRY! Thank you.