|Received:||12/8/2004 1:21:59 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I oppose proposed changes to allow telemarketers to use prerecorded message more often. I also oppose relaxing rules on abandonded calls. The rest of this comment is off topic but shows my general disdain for telemarketing. It may be informative as you form a general sense of people's opinions on similar topics. Telemarketing and spam are equally evil. Both should be totally banned. I would prefer that rules be strenghtened to make it harder for any telemarketer to contact me, even those now exempt from many regulations, such as political parties and political surveys. I would also prefer that regulations be strengthened to make it harder to bypass the national do not call list through the use of alleged preexiting business relationships. The use of resources which I acquire for my convience and for which I pay, including my telephone and all devices attached to the telephone line, should be completely restricted to those with whom I actually do establish a voluntary, obvious relationship through a conscious, active, identifiable, informed, and intentional decision to affirmatively request information. A relationship should not be established through mere casual use of a service, purchase, inquiry, or other casual interaction. If someone does not actually ask me plainly and directly if I want further contact and give me an opportunity to actually prevent that contact then no preexiting relationship allowing such contact should be presumed to exist.