|Received:||11/30/2004 12:55:23 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:In response to the proposed amendment of the Telemarketing Sales Rule to create an additional call abandonment safe harbor to allow telemarketing calls that deliver a prerecorded message to consumers with whom the seller on whose behalf the calls are made has an established business relationship. Prerecorded sales calls are just as intrusive and annoying as any other telemarketing call. You would still have to stop what you are doing and get to the phone to answer it only to find that you are not even speaking to real person. If a company that I already have an established relationship with wants my business, the least they can do is contact me in person and not by machine. I have placed my number on the Do Not Call list because I don't want to be disturbed by telemarketing calls and that includes prerecorded messages. The argument can be made that I can hang up when the message starts, but I have still interupted what I was doing to answer the phone. My phone is for my convienence not for the convienence of companies who want my business. I am opposed to any such change.