|Received:||1/4/2005 9:20:02 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I think that the proposed rule changes for increasing the number of pre-recorded telemarketer calls is a bad idea for consumers. While I do not particularly enjoy receiving live telemarketer calls, I especially dislike canned message calls and tend to simply hang up on the call. It's particularly annoying when you stop an activity to answer a ringing phone to find out that the caller is just a recording. The extensive consumer response to the Do Not Call lists (state and federal) should be considered an indicator of the general public pulse on this issue...the majority of consumers DO NOT want to receive these types of calls. Catering to special interests (i. e., telemarketing associations) can weaken the effectiveness of Do Not Call lists. The current rules allow companies that consumers have established relationships with to contact those consumers without these provisions.