|Received:||11/28/2004 4:53:37 PM|
|Commenter:||Jane H Hill|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I object to the proposed modification in the strongest terms. The last few years before the imposition of the "Do Not Call" list -- probably the best thing to happen to our family's quality of life in a decade -- showed very clearly that the telemarketing industry cannot be permitted the slightest leeway, or trusted to observe fundamental standards such as not calling unlisted numbers. I acquired for my daughter, who was profoundly ill and restricted to the home, an unlisted number known only to her immediate family and to her physicians. It did almost no good and the barrage of computer-generated telephone solicitations that she received was certainly a factor in her deteriorating mental health and sense of paranoia and persecution. The "previous business relationship" is an absurdity -- almost any American business can construe me as having a relationship, since I have probably bought something at some point from some remotely linked subsidiary. If the proposed change goes through, I will simply abandon my land-line phone and conduct my business by e-mail and cell phone (the telephone companies might be interested in this point). I am looking forward to a peaceful retirement and simply cannot imagine going back to the absurd condition of constant telephone interruptions with which we all had to live before the Do Not Call legislation. Thank you for your attention.