|Received:||12/8/2004 6:16:15 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:This proposal to exempt automated calls from the Do Not Call list is utterly reprehensible, with the net effect to eliminate the benefit gained by the list altogether. Easily half the telemarketing calls I received prior to the list's existence were automated. Further, since cell phone numbers could be added to the list, I did so at that time. If this list is exempted from automated calls, all those who registered their cell phone numbers could be targeted by automated callers, with the further detriment that they would have to PAY to receive unwanted calls. There is a thin line between advertising and harassment, which telemarketing--in any form--crosses. Under no circumstances should this proposal merit any further consideration. Thank you for your attention.