|Received:||11/28/2004 9:26:43 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I urge you strongly to reject the proposed rule change. This is counter to the entire position of the "do not call" registry, which is to reject unwanted or unsolicited calls. It appears the proposed amendment would allow the following: Customer makes a purchase from A. B pays A to be considered a "related service" to A and B agrees to pay A to hire a telemarketer to call all of A's clients with "established business relationships" to market B with prerecorded information. This all seems allowable under the proposed guideline. In effect, this appears to allow for unlimited prerecorded calling of consumers, as long as the customer in question has established a relationship with ONE supplier--as long as they technically structure the business relationship of who pays the telemarketing agency properly. This is a terrible amendment for consumers, and I for one would feel betrayed if my belonging to the "Do Not Call" registry was almost an invitation for telemarketers to send certain kinds of junk calls.