|Received:||11/29/2004 9:15:22 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I am 100% against an amendment that would allow this type of direct marketing to phone lines that have been included in the "do not call" list. First and foremost, this violates the spirit of the "do not call" list. While I can be certain only in my own case, I would expect most people who support and use the "do not call" list did not envision exceptions. Second, as a computer scientist specializing in networks, I believe this amendment would create a loophole that would be open for considerable abuse. It will be impractical (and hence, virtually impossible) to enforce (or prove violations) of the restrictions placed on these calls -- in particular, the business constraint requiring an "established business relationship" is very vague and open to interpretion (and direct marketers will aggressively use their own interpretations which will be very different than phone owners). I would suggest that the "do not call" list was perceived as a very positive action on the part of the government, and would further suggest that it has served a role in improving how people view government activity. Allowing exceptions would undue alot of good.