|Received:||11/29/2004 9:50:15 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I strongly support continuation of the FTC "no call" list in its present form, e.g. NO EXCEPTIONS TO CURRENT POLICY. We all - 64,000,000 of us - signed up for the "do not call" list in order to escape incessant, irritating, and unnecessary marketeering calls, some of which are or easily could be considered predatory in nature, depending on the willpower and resistance of the intended recipient. To make an exception for automated calling with a formula citing this and that mathmatical calculation for percentages and the like is to open the door to further dilution. Exceptions to the FTC "do not call" list are, to borrow a phrase from the neocon lexicon, starting down "a slippery slope," at the bottom of which would be complete obviation of the purpose of the "do not call" list - the purpose of which, I remind you, is NOT TO RECEIVE UNWANTED CALLS. If you want to set up a parallel list for people who want to sign up to receive one type of call but not another, do so if you wish; or continue the present absolute and blessed silence of a complete "do not call" of any sort. If the FTC must make any exception for good cause (one of which I have not been able to determine as yet), then create a list requiring the intended recipient/consumers to sign into in order TO receive these types of calls: an "opt IN" list. DO NOT water down the "do not call" list - that's why it's called that, and that's why so many people signed up for it. More people, I might point out, then the presumptive popular vote for Bush in this last election, and he's calling his re-election "a mandate." 64,000,000 people signing into a "do not call" list is a mandate even more clear - we want simply not to be called, by any telemarketing person or machine, under any circumstances. Please pay attention.