|Received:||11/27/2004 11:45:11 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:After years of annoying phone calls at dinner time and in the midst of family time with my wife and children, the Do Not Call List arrived. We absolutely love the peace and quiet after a long, stressful day at work, quiet that is now uninterrupted by unwanted and unsolicited phone calls. I cannot tell you how welcome the relief has been, other than to ask, "ARE YOU CRAZY FOR CONSIDERING TAKING AWAY OUR PEACE AND QUIET?!" Please do not allow telemarketing lobbyists to invade our family's privacy. We're already invaded by email spam, so don't allow the progress made in recent months by the DNC List to be taken away. During the recent elections, we received dozens of electronic messages from every conceivable political candidate. Although under the present rules, these calls are permitted, I must say that I found them more than annoying. In the end, I was tempted not to vote for any candidate who used pre-recorded messages, but found that I'd not be voting at all if I'd lived up to my vow! I can't imagine the chaos that would be created if companies would be permitted to use this media. The thought is too much to bear! During the past year we have received almost a dozen unsolicited calls from an overseas telemarketing firm representing AT&T Wireless, with whom we do business. Over a series of months we kept telling them we're on the DNC List and did not wish to receive any more contacts from them. They ignored our demands, saying we were already customers and had indicated an interest in upgrading our service with them. We NEVER opted in to receiving calls, but we continued to be assailed. Please don't allow changes to the DNC regulations or interpretation of existing guidelines to subject us to more calls from companies who could state we had "opted in" to receiving calls. We enjoy our peace and quiet to much to compromise it.