|Received:||11/28/2004 2:11:17 PM|
|Organization:||the little guy|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:In my opinion, the Do Not Call Registry is one of the most popular and successful government programs in my memory. I am dismayed that a mere year into the program you are already considering measures to water it down and open loopholes through which telemarketers can invade the privacy of my home. In particular, those automated pre-recorded messages are among the most annoying of all telemarketing calls, as they do not even respond to my answering machine's message stating "if you are a telemarketer, put me on your do not call list and hang up now". Changing this rule will just give telemarketers an incentive to offer giveaways, raffles, and other promotions in which anyone who naively responds will be deemed to have a "business relationship" with them, giving them carte blanche to market to them forever after. It will be a noisome burden on the consumer, and no easy task, to remove oneself from all these lists onto which one has inadvertently become enrolled. I urge you in the strongest possible way not to weaken in any way for any reason at any time the Do Not Call Registry. Think of the little guy at home eating dinner with his family and don't let business invade that last small sacred vestibule of non-commercial private space. Instead of trying to roll back the Do Not Call Registry, why don't you expend some time and energy into finding ways to extend your efforts to protect us from the barrage of spam which assaults our inboxes unrelentingly on a daily basis?