|Received:||11/28/2004 1:39:19 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I wish to register my opposition to the proposed rule which would grant a new exception to the Telemarketing Sales Rule for prerecorded messages when there is an existing business relationship. The general public has already registered their displeasure with telemarketing based on the vast numbers of people who have signed up for the national Do Not Call registry. Individuals signed that registry believing in good faith that we are making progress toward reducing the number of telemarketing calls; the proposed rule change would increase the number of calls the average household would receive. Further, businesses have already shown a tendency to concoct "existing business relationships" when in fact none exist, adding this exception would increase the tendency of companies to abuse the "existing business relationship" rules. The rule change benefits no one but the telemarketers themselves, and defies the intent of the public who spoke out so overwhelmingly against expansion of telemarketing.