|Received:||11/27/2004 11:32:37 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:The rule was intended to benefit the public, not the Direct Marketing Association. We, the public, find automated calls to be every bit as annoying as unsolicited telemarketing calls. In some ways worse, since you must wait through the message to reach a person to place your request to be placed on their do-not-call list. There is already a provision in the existing rules to allow a company with a prior business relationship to contact their customers, which should be entirely sufficient for any business to keep in touch with its customer base. Avoiding being called by autodialers is one of the reasons why people enjoy being on the national do not call list. I would recommend not removing this benefit. This is good for the telemarketing industry as well. I automatically do not do business with anyone who bothers me through my phone. Many other people feel the same way. By helping the telemarketing industry avoid wasting their time with us, their percentages should improve. It is good for the public and good for the industry. Please make no changes to the existing system. Thank you.