|Received:||12/13/2004 4:43:25 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I am very concerned about the proposed change in the FTC rules regarding call abandonment and pre-recorded phone calls. I am on the Do-Not-Call list, and I see no difference between my request to not be called whether the phone rings with a live person on the other end or with a pre-recorded message. In fact, I find pre-recorded messages even more invasive than live telemarketers. I urge you to tighten -- not loosen -- the restrictions on companies' ability to call consumers who do not wish to be called. Finally, I am appalled at the idea in the current proposal that consumers who wish to be removed from the pre-recorded phone lists would have to opt out on a company-by-company basis. For the same reasons mentioned before, I do not consider my request to not be called inapplicable to a pre-recorded caller. "Do not call me" means just that -- I do not want companies to call, whether they are represented by a live person or not. Please do not have a different rule for how consumers must opt out of receiving phone calls based on how a compnay makes its calls. This makes no sense, and defeats the intent of the do-not-call list. Thank you for your consideration.