|Received:||11/27/2004 3:41:04 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I most definitely protest any relaxation of the Do-NotCall rules as they now exist. I regard it as a serious invasion of my privacy to have Telemarket calls come to my phone. I pay good money for the use of the phone for my personal business, NOT for uninvited advertisements brought in. The Telemarketers choose the dinner hour and other times when they know people are at home---They are at home to enjoy a private life--NOT to be besieged by high pressure salesmen. In my own case, I keep a list (should I say kept) of the Telemarket callers. I then refused to patronize them for any purpose even for products or services which they were not advertising at the time. I encouraged others to do the same. I realize fully that my poor efforts did not make or break their business, but if enough people would do so, it would get home to these businesses that their efforts were not welcome. One big danger is that the receiver of such calls can easily be a person who is either ignorant or handicapped, perhaps an elderly person ---He or she just cannot make correct decisions--The results are purchases that put a real strain on limited incomes. Please, do not relax the Do-Not-Call rules. I find the present situation as reasonable. The home phone is not loaded with such unwanted material. A last parting shot--- Please show me--show the public--how the lack of phone call advertisement has significantly harmed a single business in this country. If a business cannot make a go of it without this obnoxious procedure, it should not exist in the first place.