|Received:||12/30/2004 3:05:08 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:Well, I see the well oiled machine we call government has found yet another squeaky wheel to play with. For the first time in years, the Do Not Call list was doing EXACTLY what the taxpaying citizens of America wanted. So, naturally, the government wants to “fix” it by changing it and take away from what the citizens of this great country wanted. Let's be smart about this situation. It is difficult enough to have even the remotest privacy since 9-11 and the Internet. Our rights are being usurped and our information is being posted. Now the FTC wants to allow mechanical devices to call in place of humans. We didn’t want humans calling us, so I’m sure we don’t want machines doing it. And to make matters worse, the FTC wants someone to actually answer the phone, listen to the message, positively identify themselves, and then push a button to opt out...after they have ALREADY opted out on the DNC list? That makes no sense whatsoever! I personally have enjoyed answering my telephone with the knowledge that it's not someone calling to sell me something, or a machine wanting to tell me about some new thing. As it is, I had to endure countless pre-recorded messages from candidates running for this or that office. I DO NOT want to endure more of these automated calls during non-voting times. Also, the FTC should take into consideration that the telephone line that I pay for is for my use, not the telemarketer’s use. To illustrate my point: I purchase a vehicle to enable me to go here and there for whatever reason. Using the logic of the FTC and this potential ruling, it would be like purchasing my new vehicle and letting someone else use it whenever they want, without warning, without consent, and without compensating me for its use. What sense does that make? Ultimately, I, the taxpaying citizen, pay for it and get harassed as a bonus. Simply put: DO NOT PASS THE MEASURE ALLOWING FOR PRE-RECORDED, AUTOMATED TELEMARKETING MESSAGES...PERIOD!