|Received:||1/6/2005 10:20:42 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I am tired of receiving calls from telemarketers on my home phone and am deeply disturbed by the idea that I may now be getting calls from them on my cell phone. It is even more frustrating to check my machine when I get home and have to listen to numerous recordings from telemarketers or receive phone calls from recorded messages all through my dinner time. These calls should be banned -- period. As far as I'm concerned, they are no different than a prank phone call. I am usually harassed by the people on the other end of the phone who can't seem to understand what "No, thank you" means. The only satisfaction I take from these phone calls is from hanging up on these annoying people (usually when they are mid-sentence, because they don't ever shut up). If these rules are changed, I won't even get that minor amount of gratification out of it. How much pleasure can one derive from hanging up on a machine mid-recording? Quite frankly, I don't know of anyone who has ever received a cold call from a telemarketer selling something who has agreed to listen to their whole line of bull and then purchase whatever they were selling. If I am in need of a product, there are plenty of avenues that I, as the consumer, can use to research and locate the product I need. It's almost gotten to the point where you don't even want to have a telephone anymore. These are not national advertising airwaves. Unlike the radio or the television, where I can change the dial or turn the channel, I can't change my phone number. I'm tired of it and I would like to see the whole process terminated immediately.