|Received:||11/27/2004 9:59:45 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:Unlike other forms of communication available for marketing, phone calls interrupt the consumer, occurring at the advertiser's convenience rather than the consumer's. For this reason all telephone marketing is rightly despised by consumers. Furthermore, with so many other venues available for communication from businesses to their customers (email, web sites, television, radio, magazines, newspapers, billboards) it cannot be necessary for businesses to contact consumers in this manner. Any loosening of telephone marketing regulation will drag us in some measure back toward the days when a phone call was more likely to be a nuisance than a desired contact. I would rather see marketers walking from door to door to visit in person than have them go back to using the phone: at least then it would be as inconvenient for them as it would be for the consumer. Please do not pass this amendment.