|Received:||12/8/2004 9:35:39 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I find the use of prerecorded messages the most vile form of telemarketing. The companies involved in this practice waste my time and tie up my answering machine resources without even investing in a human presence on the other end of the line. Further, there is no human available to complain to about this interruption. During the election we were bombarded with as many as a dozen pre-recorded messages PER NIGHT, including one of Mayor Giuliani doing a Barry White impression (the equipment was apparently malfunctioning) that called three times because the equipment was apparently smart enough to figure out that the message hadn't gotten through correctly, but not smart enough to realize that it was its own fault, and that the fault had not been corrected. The negative public attitude about telemarketers is well-deserved and well-earned through the behavior of those same telemarketers. Please do not take any steps that weaken the function of the do-not-call list. If I had my choice, the registry would be strengthened to include election campaign calls.