|Received:||11/27/2004 6:05:38 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:Prerecorded messages are not allowed to people not on the national do-not-call list, except for political messages which have been allowed via a loophole. Those people who have expended the effort to be put on the do-not-call list have expressed their disapproval of any telemarketing calls, let alone the most annoying type of pre-recorded calls. To allow those most annoying calls to the people who are least interested in them would be a poor decision. Also, the scope of calls that can be considered a 'pre-existing business relationship' is overly broad. Shopping at a store that asks for a phone number at checkout time (as Radio Shack used to do and Best Buy and Circuit City and Sears currently do) should not allow those stores to place telemarketing calls unrelated to the purchases made at those stores when the customer is on the do-not-call list. Allowing those calls is a significant disincentive to giving those stores a legitimate phone number when doing business with them.