|Received:||12/15/2004 11:22:50 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I am currently registered with the National Do Not Call list and still get calls as allowed by the current law. I find these calls disruptive, as I work at night and am trying to sleep during the day, and the calls rob me of my sleep. I should not have to disconnect my phone, terminating contact with family members or legitimate sources in case of emergency, just to filter out the undesirable calls - particularly because I have never specifically opted in to receiving them. Prerecorded messages offer no ability to speak with a representative to ensure removal of my name from a list, allowing the companies to unshoulder the burden of responsibility for their calls, and I don't want to have to listen to an entire message to have to find out a number to call to have me removed in a 30 day time frame (which seems to be the standard removal time), waking me up each day until it is removed. I am also bothered by the fact that simply because I have done business with a vendor, it is assumed that I will be receptive to their calls - if I have registered with the Do Not Call list, that should be obvious enough to reflect that I NEVER welcome phone solicitations from ANYONE. If I choose to continue or terminate business with a particular vendor, I will initiate the contact to let them know. I also think the time frame statement of per day vs. 30-day period should NOT be changed as it would give the telemarketers a longer duration before having to stop pestering us with their calls. As stated earlier, my current compliance with the law in having my number banned is insufficient to eliminate all solicitations (not to mention the current ones who use fraudulent contact numbers when using prerecorded messages), so I seek every means possible to advocate the side of the consumer that wishes to minimize the frequency of these calls - particularly those of us whose livelihoods are disrupted by their interference. I would suggest that the FTC remember the motivation for consumers who register with the Do Not Call list in making their decisions on these matters; I would be surprised indeed to find a single one who would consider any increase in phone solicitation, in any form or by any organization, to be desirable. Thank you for the opportunity have this forum.