|Received:||1/5/2005 11:01:26 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:The purpose of the law in the first place was to stop our privacy from being invaded by telemarketers. To permit any increases in the calls being made would, in essence, negate the original purpose of the law. Whether it's a live person or a pre-recorded message, it's still an incoming phone call. The basic problem with telemarketing is that messages are delivered to us when we don't want or expect them. When we read a newspaper, or watch television or go on-line, then we choose to expose ourselves to commercial messages and advertising. But when we want piece and quiet, we turn off the TV or put the newspaper down or log off the internet. But when the telephone rings, it's intrusive, and most unwelcome, because the phone simply cannot be turned off. The fact that the phone can't be turned off is the one reason that distinguishes telemarketing from other forms of marketing and advertising. Please, do not amend the law.