|Received:||11/30/2004 12:08:01 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I urge the Commission to keep the existing rule in place, with no allowancec, as is being requested by the telemarketing industry. I can't tell you how nice it is to not be harassed by telemarketers at all hours of the day and evening, but especially during dinner hours. Giving the industry a loophole to pester residents where there is an "established business relationship" will truly open a floodgate for industry abuse. To try to protect me even from these calls, the agency is proposing the consumer request to be placed on the company's "do not call" list. Do you realize how many businesses I have a relationship with during a typical year? Hundreds. And I don't want to be aggravated by their calls, or having to tell them -- once again -- that I don't want them to call me. When I first asked my congressman to vote for this legislation, I told him loud and clear that I was looking for an imprenetrable, ironclad wall against telemarketers. The law seems to have created one (though I find it frustrating that exceptions were given political parties and charities), and to give this historically intrusive industry a renewed opportunity to once again stick its nose into my livingroom, I will feel betrayed by federal bureaucrats. I ask you to let well enough alone; the law is working; it's not broke, so don't try to fix it. Reject this request by the industry. Thank you.