|Received:||12/8/2004 8:38:21 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:Please do NOT relax the current rules that the FTC imposes regarding telemarketing. The "DO NOT CALL" list has been a God-send. If anything, please impose tighter restraints - no calls from religious or political organizations or charities. No calls from businesses with which you have a relationship unless you have given them express written permission to call you. Bring the FCC up to par with the FTC. Please do not lower the FTC to the FCCs level. I currently have a home computer and receive nearly 100 SPAM messages per day via my e-mail; and this is with a SPAM filter installed. Before it was incredible. Relaxing the "DO NOT CALL" restraints will turn telephone answering machines into tele-SPAM recepticles. Telephones are communication devices, not sales promotional tools. You pay for a telephone. If it was a free device, like commercial television, I could understand advertising, but it is not!!! Also, telemarketers tie up valuable tele-time. For instance, I have elderly parents, and God forgive they were trying to reach me during an emergency and my phone was tied up by some greedy telemarketer. The "DO NOT CALL LIST" has been one of the best government interventions to date. Please do not screw it up. Thank you. PS: As a suggestion, I feel everyone should begin on the "DO NOT CALL LIST," and should have to opt-out, not opt-in. Many elderly are still very confused regarding the functions of the list.