|Received:||1/10/2005 1:43:51 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 opposed to the proposed revision of the rules regarding the do not call list. To allow telemarketers to use recorded messages rather than live callers and to require that individuals so contacted be required to contact each telemarketing company individually to be removed from their calling list would revert the process to its previous status. Such a change would eviscerate the current rules which were instituted to protect the privacy of the public. These rules were received very positively as demonstrated by the vast numbers of people who have registerd on the do not call list. The peace and privacy of these citizens who have sought the shelter of the list should not be stripped from them. Marketers are not prevented from reaching individuals who are already customers by telephone. And individuals who are seeking services which they do not already have are not prevented from searching for new ones. But under the current rules they are not harrassed by telemarketers promoting products and services in which they have no interest. Additionally, the vulnerable elderly and naive are protected from being targets by this often unscrupulous group. Honest merchants have other methods to reach potential customers who have a true interest in their products.