|Received:||12/1/2004 1:28:03 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:Don't do it! Allowing pre-recorded telemarketing calls to be exempt from the Do Not Call List rules would be an abomination. Not only would it violate the spirit/intent of the Do Not Call List, but it has the potential to become even more of a burden to consumers than email spam. Being interrupted in your daily life for this garbage is even worse than having an inbox full of it. And the only difference in the annoyance factor between live and pre-recorded telemarketing calls is that the pre-recorded calls are even worse because they don't even require any effort on the part of the company that is disturbing you! Also, the argument by the companies that jobs are being lost due to the List can't even be raised when you're talking about pre-recorded calls -- how many people does it take to do that? In actuality, I believe that consumer protections should be made even stronger, not weaker -- marketers should be forbidden to call (or email, or send postal mail, for that matter) unless a person opts-in, instead of the current method where we are subjected to these nuisances unless we opt-out. (And we can't even opt-out of it all because of all of the exemptions!) Please do the right thing and DO NOT allow this change!!