|Received:||1/5/2005 12:39:15 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I strongly oppose the proposed amendment. Automated calls without a live respresentative to talk to take away my right to ask the respresentative to place my number on their company's Do-Not-Call list. This is a severe flaw in the existing legislation and the proposed amendment seeks to expand this flaw making the Do-Not-Call List, which was imposed to protect consumers, even less effective. My wife works in a Nursing Home and telemarketing calls are significantly disrupting the staff's work at that facility. Not being able to let telemarketers know that their calls are unwelcome gives the telemarketer protection from being asked not to call but leaves the consumer completely vulnerable and at the mercy of those telemarketers. If automated telemarketing calls without a live person are not eliminated, the recorded message should give the consumer the option of punching in a code while the message is playing which will result in the dialed number being removed from the telemarketer's calling list. It is crucial that the consumer has a way to respond to the telemarketer or else we give full control to telemarketing services sacrificing the consumer's right to privacy. Again, I strongly oppose the proposed amendment.