|Received:||11/27/2004 7:00:18 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:This was clearly not thought out at all, as it will render the DNC list useless. What's the difference between getting an unsolicited call from a person or a computer-generated voice message? As far as I'm concerned, there's no difference. It's nothing more than another invasion of my privacy. I don't care whether or not I'm in a 'business relationship'. If I don't want calls, then I expect not to be called in the first place. The main effect from this proposal is that it will make the problem of unsolicited calls even worse. It's much easier and cheaper to have a computer calling phone numbers than people. Since you can't talk to a human and tell them that your number is on the DNC list, your number will be continuously called without your consent. It's nothing more than a sneaky way to circumvent the DNC list and give companies a free pass to effectively spam our voice message mailboxes. This would have an economic effect, as cellular users are charged minutes for receiving and retrieving voice messages. I signed up on the DNC list for a reason. I'm sick and tired of getting unsolicited phone calls, and this has brought the number of such calls that I receive to almost zero. I want to keep it this way, too. Millions of people signed up on this list for the same reason, which (in case you forgot) brought your servers to their knees when the registration web site was launched. That should be a hint to you that people are sick and tired of having their privacy violated. I strongly urge you not to allow this amendment to take effect.