|Received:||1/5/2005 10:54:52 PM|
|Commenter:||Patricia Ann Meyer|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I am opposed to allowing more automated calls. Actually, I am opposed to allowing exemptions for companies that have a business relationship. This provokes calls from companies with which one has a really tenuous relationship, such as having purchased a magazine subscription. But that's another topic. We typically refuse to give our phone number, and, if there's no alternative, we usually give out the fax number, a line that doesn't ring and also seriously punishes the caller when it answers. Nothwithstanding having taken the above measures, having enrolled at the "do not call" registry, and having an unlisted number, much to our dismay a goodly number of telemarketers manage to contact us. Often times, I have no idea how the caller even got our number, since we so rarely provide it. Perhaps the most annoying of the unwanted calls are those that are prerecorded messages. I suspect that the reasons for the quoted prerecorded messages opt-out rate being so low are: (a) It's usually impossible to figure out who's calling, even by listening through to the end; and (b) hardly anyone listens through to the end. When I found out that it was pointless to listen, because I could never figure out where to complain, I started just hanging up on them. Telemarketers remain annoying and intrusive even when one has taken every conceivable measure to avoid them. Please don't increase their opportunities to disturb and aggravate me.