|Received:||11/28/2004 1:41:35 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I believe I signed up for the National Do-Not-Call registry immediately after the site went public, before the actual signatures went into effect. I was so happy to know that my phone number would finally be blocked from unnessesary spamming, which made me feel as though I was paying a double price for owning a phone line. One for paying for the actual ground line and service, two, for having to listen to advertisements as though I were watching television. I don't believe that my phone line should have any relation to advertising and product sales unless I specifically tell someone I want it to be. Allowing pre-recorded messages will highly degrade the value of the already desintegrated phone service. I do not want messages regarding any of these services, and if I am greeted by a pre-recording, it only angers me further. Most individuals who signed up for the Do-Not-Call registry, I assume, signed up because they feel harrased, or completely out of touch with who they are talking to during sales calls. Allowing a robot, or recording to cover it would only worsen their situations. I am highly against this form of communication and feel that as soon as a loop hole is created, it would be abused by telemarketers. Before signing up for the registry, I was recieving over 10 calls a day regarding someone trying to sell me something, this was in the first month of activating my line and having never passed out my number. Without even answering, I would recieve dozens of messages on my machine a week having someone offer me this or that. It was a huge hassle and an invasion on my privacy. I urge you to not allow this loop hole to take effect. Both for my sanity, and the wishes of others who do not want these kinds of services in their homes.