|Received:||11/28/2004 12:25:23 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:A Scripps Howard News Service story this morning reported that the Federal Trade Commission may allow companies to deliver "pre-recorded message telemarketing" to American homes by phone. It appears that the new "service" to US citizens would apply to all of us who have a previous business relationship to the advertiser even if we are on the "Do Not Call" list. The Electronic Privacy Information Center, a Washington based privacy watchdog, says the change could result in the 64 million people enrolled in the "Do Not Call" list being bombarded by "answering machine spam" and other unwanted voices on voice-mail. Given the obvious potential for both the FTC and the advertising companies to abuse any change to the original "Do Not Call" act, I would strongly recommend that to the FTC should "LEAVE THINGS AS THEY ARE"!!! I, for one, am tired of our "benevolent government" always trying to make changes that would "never harm us" dumb taxpayers. In this case the FTC has been quoted as saying that "it does not believe the change would have any dramatic results". If that is true, why doesn't the FTC just set up an "opt-in" list for all who want to be pestered by their new "telephone spam treat"?