|Received:||11/29/2004 11:28:13 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 oppose weakening the existing "Do Not Call" policy to allow recorded calls from companies, regardless of whether they feel we have "an established business relationship." Companies I've never heard of receive my credit report/score. I have no doubt that in their mind, this would constitute a "business relationship." Vendor and "potential customer" could constitute a "business relationship." The idea of the "Do Not Call" option is that we citizens who opt for it DO NOT WANT TO BE CALLED -- especially to receive a pre-recorded message. And the heck of it is, with a human who still persisits in calling, we can tell them, "We are on the Do Not Call list," and they say "sorry," and do not call back. With pre-recorded messages, there is no way to say "don't call again." The machine has even less conscience than the evil-doers who devised telemarketing strategies in the first place. With this proposed change to the policy, you will return us to the Dark Ages of never-ending interruptions, leaving us cringing after a hard day's work every time the phone rings. This proposed change is disasterous, irritating, insulting, insensitive, and any other word that could be used to express mankind's inhumanity for mankind. Please, do not weaken or "abandon" the existing blessed Do Not Call rememdy. Thank you.