|Received:||12/5/2004 7:17:30 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I strongly oppose the petition by Voice Mail Broadcasting for FTC to change the Telemarketing Sales Rule. The rule's current call abandonment provisions do what consumers want: they prevent automated, pre-recorded calls from interrupting our lives. The proposed rule change would unleash a tsunami of calls. The proposed opt out clause would significantly inconvenience consumers because the consumer is required to shut off these noisome calls company-by-company. If the proposed rule goes through and I start to receive unwanted calls from companies with whom I have a "business relationship", those companies can be certain that I will cease to do any further business with them. If the goal is to make FCC and FTC policy conform, then it is the FCC that should change its more permissive rules to match the FTC's. I urge the FTC not to alter its current quite satisfactory rule.