|Received:||1/10/2005 12:52:29 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:Why do we make laws if we are just going to follow up with exceptions thereto? The large response of individuals signing up for the registry indicates the public dissatisfaction with telemarketing calls. By allowing companies to expand their use of prerecorded messages, we create new problems for Americans. Advertising cost may drop with no accompanying decline in prices; in order to further cut costs, more customer service and other employees who are deficient in English will find employment, particularly those outside our country; the calls will continue, negating the purpose of establishing the Do-Not-Call Registry in the first place. Personally, I'm also confused why two different federal bureaucracies share responsibility for regulating telemarketing. Wherever two minds converge, inconsistencies abound as a result. I believe that that's exactly why we're having these problems, since there is no central authority. Somebody needs to step up and take responsibility, otherwise both agencies might pass the buck when things go sour. In summation, I oppose most vehemently any slackening of the laws regulating telemarketing so as to allow companies leeway for calls that are not live. I hate talking to machines, as do many others of my country. We have already given up enough as it is, and I draw the line in the sand here.