|Received:||11/27/2004 10:24:33 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:As a person with a telephone, I feel strongly that the Telemarketing Sales Rule should NOT be amended as proposed. I have been on the Do Not Call Registry since its inception, and it has provided much-needed relief from the previous onslaught of sales calls. Unfortunately, the proposed amendment would combine parts of two of the existing loopholes in the rules (the "established business relationship" loophole, and the "pre-recorded message from political candidates" loophole) to create a sales-call nightmare. I already receive calls from enough companies apparently operating on the theory that talking to a salesman once, for five minutes, constitutes a business relationship, to know how badly this loophole gets stretched. And I can assure you that no calls I receive are more annoying (and less likely to elicit a positive response) than the pre-recorded harangues that accompany every election campaign. Please leave things as they are. It's hard enough to justify paying $50 a month for a landline phone when people aren't using it to harass me. If pre-recorded calls I don't want and can't stop are allowed, I'll probably just go make do with only a cell phone.