|Received:||12/5/2004 12:35:46 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:Dear FTC: I strenuously object to any proposed loosening of the rules on telephone solicitation to people on the "do not call" list. Since the inception of the list, I have gratefully noticed a decrease in the volume of unwanted telemarketing calls. In fact, I would welcome a tightening of restrictions to require an "opt in" provision for anyoneor any company wishing to solicit my business for any new goods or services. Of course, businesses need to be able to discuss relevant ongoing issues with me but an "ongoing business relationship" seems insufficient grounds for harassing me with unwanted new solicitations. I choose whom I will allow to enter my house through the front door. Shouldn't that sanctity of choice exend to my phone and my fax? It's about time that federal agencies started protecting the public interest rather than acting as toothless lapdogs for the industries they were commissioned to regulate.