|Received:||11/28/2004 10:51:52 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:Presumably, the public switched telephone network was once subsidized by the government, but to argue that today the government has an interest in legislating the use of this network to create value for the companies who charge for its use is absolutely dishonest and disgusting. I pay my telephone bill directly to the telephone company. Why should I suffer inconvenient, unwanted telephone solicitations, after I have specifically asked (and waited) to be put on a do-not-call list? By what rationale can it possibly be said to be acting in the public interest when the FCC decides (unilaterally, though under pressure from the few large telecommunication companies) to allow telemarketing calls to people who have specifically indicated they do not want them? Furthermore, I might add that the exemption for prior business relationships is unneeded and unwanted. If a company makes money on the 2% of those called who actually purchase further goods or services from it, what about the 98% of former customers who were called, bothered, had their privacy intruded upon, annoyed, upset, and generally disgusted by this dispicable practice of sales pressure by a recording that cannot be reasoned with, told never to repeat the occurrence, et cetera? Isn't the FCC supposed to be acting in good faith on behalf of the public?