|Received:||11/29/2004 1:35:31 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:Automated calls are an unacceptable nuisance and invasion into my time. If they are to be allowed, it should only be through opt-in, not an inherently awkward and unreliable opt-out. Opt-out is unacceptable for many reasons: It places the burdern and cost for avoiding nuisance calls on the receiver of the calls. I will be forced to opt-out for every single business with which I do business. Let them pay the cost of determining which customers are willing to accept the calls rather than forcing me to bear the cost. It allows businesses with which I have no realistic choice about doing business to invade my home with their calls. For example, I have no other choices for natural gas service. It allows businesses with whom I have intentionally discontinued my relationship to call me under the excuse that we recently had a business relationship. Protect the individual. Put the cost of controlling automation fully on those who benefit from it. Do not automatically allow automated calling.