|Received:||9/9/2004 5:35:17 PM|
|Organization:||Entomological Society of America|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
|Rule:||Definitions, Implementation, and Reporting Requirements Under the CAN-SPAM Act (NPRM)|
Comments:Professional societies must be able to communicate with their members by multiple means -- postal mail, e-mail, phone, and fax. The medium is determined by the nature of the communication and the time sensitivity. We are not opposed to SPAM restrictions -- we ourselves are constantly contacting (calling the phone number they provide) various retailers and service providers to stop faxing to us such ads as phones, vacations, investment opportunities. But, a professional society is financially dependent not only on its current members, but on prospective members for its livelihood and future survival. The proposed FCC regulations would clearly and simply be an infringement on our ability to manage our Society.