|Received:||11/27/2004 10:54:13 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:To summarize the points that have flown through my mind while reading the proposed rule: No way in heck will I tolerate this. Since the "Do Not Call" legislation was put into effect, my home has been a peaceful haven from advertising. Direct mail doesn't make it past the front door. I listen to CDs instead of the radio. The TV is never on. My web browser blocks popup ads, and my email applications filter junkmail. The last gap in my defense was the telephone. The Do Not Call list was the perfect solution, and it works. I haven't been bothered at an unfortunate hour ever since. It wasn't so much the person at the other end trying to sell me something as it was the interruption in my meal or my other activities. Thankfully, it has stopped. Allowing recordings instead of humans is just like saying you're going to allow templated email spam instead of spam typed in by humans -- it completely misses the point! The FTC has a duty to allow US citizens to block advertising if they wish to. With the number of people that registered for the Do Not Call list, I beleive that US citizens have overwhelmingly stated that they wish to. Any easing of this rule goes against your constituents wishes, and would be astoundingly unpopular.