|Received:||11/3/2006 7:19:09 AM|
|Subject:||Telemarketing Sales Rule|
|Title:||Request for Public Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:As a consumer, I want the ability to use the Internet and e-mail to sign up for new services provided via telephone. It's just not practical to make me send a letter or a signed fax. As a consumer, I like getting reminders about meetings, children's sports practice schedules, changes in game locations or times, What I don't like is getting spam from companies I've never heard of or having my number sold to some directory. Please focus on that problem, instead of making it more difficult or even impossible for me to continue to enjoy valuable phone services. Allow the caller to opt out from future messages by saying one word or pushing one button to be placed on the company-specific Do Not Call List. The same action can put that phone number into a do not call this number data base. Current automated software makes it simple to give consumers the ability to opt out on the spot, or to ask for further information while on the call. You can ban the use of simple playback of pre-recorded messages, but don't throw the baby out with the bathwater by also killing the innovative technologies that allow for interaction that can be ever better than a live agent.