|Received:||11/27/2004 8:09:57 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I oppose the change to the national Do-Not-Call rules to allow a safe harbor provision for pre-recorded telemarketing. A provision already exists for telemarketers who have a pre-existing business arrangement with the recipient of the call. Thus, this rule can only serve to further erode the protections from harassment that the DNC list provides. The FTC cannot in good conscience make this change unless they are willing to admit that they would rather protect corporate profits than the American people. Since the recipient of the call is not speaking with a real person, but merely a pre-recorded telephone call, the burden of removing oneself from a telemarketer's list is increased, since the recipient must now *discover* how to remove himself. Please do not make this change.