|Received:||11/27/2004 8:27:52 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I am highly against allowing this exclusion to the do-not-call regulations. This year's election campaign is a prime example of why this type of calling should not be allowed. Each day I would receive over a dozen calls soliciting one candidate or another, without regard as to whether I had already received the call. In one day alone I received 11 calls about voting for Kerry, and a lesser number (though still annoying amount) soliciting Bush. If telemarketers are allowed this loophole it will take little time before the number of calls received in a given day becomes just as troublesome as live calls were before the do-not-call regulations. As a note, I already receive automated calls from a few companies that I fall outside of the regulations (local Blood Bank being one). The automated machines are sophisticated enough to know whether someone hangs up without hearing most of the call, within a few minutes I receive a call-back from the company, at this point I know I have to keep the phone off the hook long enough for most of the message to be heard and avoid the eventual call-back. Any changes to the regulations will enable the telemarketing companies to take advantage of newer technologies and unspecified loopholes in the new regulations. The only way to protect the privacy of citizens is to fully block telemarketing. Again, this past election period proved that allowing politicians unregulated use of telemarketing was a major mistake.