|Received:||12/4/2004 11:33:46 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:Please do not loosen or increase the safe harbor requirements. I am tired of avoiding answering my phone due to telemarketers using the preexisting relationship loophole to evade the spirit of the law. If I answer the phone accidentally, then without fail, I experience extreme episodes of phone rage due to their inability to accept the word NO from me. Phone rage is not a stabilizing force in our civilization. Trust me. During the recent presidential election, my answering machine was swamped with unsolicited and unwanted prerecorded messages from both sides. This used up the memory on my answering machine, and it is possible that I may have missed messages from potential employment search callbacks. That really aggravated me, because I think that my employment search is much more important than their ability to leave a prerecorded message. Telemarketers may have the right to freedom of speech, but I also should have the constitutional right to not have to be exposed to their free speech. I should not have to buy the TeleZapper at Radio Shack in order to have peace and quiet from these solicitors. I don't want my phone to be a public forum. Let the telemarketers use the US Postal System instead! Do NOT allow any loosening of the existing telemarketing laws, please!