|Received:||12/16/2004 3:08:25 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:A call for help is a call for rescue. A ringing telephone similarly demands response. It matters not whether a human or a record is on the other end. The telephone ring is a command to stop what you are doing, get the telephone and answer. It's the uninvited interruption that is the problem. Several months ago the FTC handled this problem by allowing consumers who did not wish to be contacted to affirmatively sign up for a national do not call list. It required affirmative action by the consumer who did not wish to be interrupted. Those who deem it acceptable did not have to do anything. Telemarketers and others are free to contact those who did not sign up, in person or by a pre-recorded message. Those persons who did not wish to be disturbed by delivery of uninvited calls took affirmative action. It hung the "Do Not Disturb" on the door knob. It is unimportant whether the knock is by man woman or robot.