|Received:||12/5/2004 12:34:08 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I oppose any relaxation of the rules limiting telemarketing includling the petition from Voice Mail Broadcasting Corp which would make it easier for this company and others to circumvent the intent of millions of citizens who have tried to opt out of this intrusinve practice by adding their names to the do-not-call list. Voice Mail Broadcasting Corp is direct-marketing firm that specializes in blitzing consumers with prerecorded phone messages. Their argument that they are providing a service for consumers who want information from business with whom the consumer might have a "pre-existing relationship" is a specious cover to promote a rule change that will benefit Voice Mail Braodcasting's business. Let me be clear that I don't recognize any "pre-existing relationships" with businesses I may have patronized. They provide me with goods or services, and I pay for them. End of story. This whole "pre-existing relationship" business was dreamed up by people who want to intrude on others' privacy. Finally, I urge you to convert the current "opt-out" system to and "opt-in" model. Businesses who seek to benefit from intrusive telemarking need to make sure that the people they call want to hear from them.