|Received:||1/10/2005 12:38:47 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:The FTC should NOT amend its regulations to permit telemarketers to deliver prerecorded messages. The FTC and the FCC should protect the right of American citizens to peace and quiet in their homes and should be in the vanguard of tightening regulations dealing with telemarketing not weakening them. The use of pre-recorded messages will undoubtedly result in a barrage of messages from companies that are already using the flimsy nexus permitted by the regulations to continue contacting consumers despite the stated desire of consumers for such calls to end. It does not require much imagination to realize that telemarketing calls will quickly escalate to the level of harassment that existed prior to enactment of the Do Not Call List. Additionally, the 3% abandonment rate regulation should not be changed from a daily measurement to a 30 day measurement as such will undoubtedly result in a return to the excessive number of "phantom" telephone calls that the current regulations have severely curtailed. I urge the FTC to not abandon the American public that has time and again indicated its desire for an end to telemarketing nuisance calls.