|Received:||11/27/2004 1:37:08 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:We (wife, Mary & I) are registrants in the Do Not Call Registry. We are so happy with the results, allowing peace, quiet and privacy in our home. We are strongly opposed to the bill which would allow "pre-recorded message telemarketing" to our home phone and answering machine by companies with which we have been a previous customer. Such an action would remove the freedom of choice that allows us to avoid unwanted advertising, such as we have when reading a newspaper or watching television. We own our telephone equipment and pay for telephone service to provide us the option of maintaining contact with family, friends, and any company/organization with which we desire contact; that is, with people whom we desire to communicate with by phone. We feel abused by unwanted telephone calls, especially telemarketers. We also consider this subject as relevant to financial safety. Too many people are drawn into fraudulent arrangements by parties who have contacted them by telephone. Our policy is to do business with companies only through our initiation of the contact. We do not do business with any company that initiates contact with us, unless we have a desire to pursue their product and, after investigation, we recontact them upon our own initiative. Finally, there is an implication here with cell phones. We have recently read that a national directory of cell phone numbers will soon be published whereby telemarketers could access us at that number. We certainly have no desire to receive unwanted calls, especially advertising, on our mobile telephone.