|Received:||11/15/2004 9:14:22 PM|
|Organization:||R. Douglas Matthews, D.D.S.|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:Some pre-recorded computer generated calls are convenient and necessary as when the local library leaves a message that a book is now available or for voting place changes. Having computer generated messages from established business contacts or governmental agencies makes sense as they save time and money. Telemarketing computer generated "cold calls" are definitely a problem. They interrupt a person's privacy. What is even more worrisome is text messaging spam. This weekend I received 10 text messages from online spam sites, mostly pharmacies and a couple mortgage companies. If these text messages are allowed to continue without a valid signature ID, this could really tie up communications. I have the pager for patient emergencies and have been awakened at 4:30 AM to get a text message about Viagra. These computer messages definitely need to be outlawed and prosecuted.