|Received:||11/28/2004 1:59:12 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:This is a horrible idea. Simply put, it abuses the trust that we put in the FTC when we signed up for the Do Not Call list - the trust we had that our government would stick to it's principles and not change the rules to let companies harass us via telephone. Allowing recorded messages to be broadcast to us over the phone is nothing less than phone spam - and the worst kind too, as it does not afford us the opportunity to speak to a live person to find out who exactly is calling when they break the rules. In addition, the provision of limiting marketers to those that have an existing business relationship with us means practically nothing; this is a loophole that has always been very easy to stretch. We live in a society where the average person is already subject to a huge barrage of advertising already, to the point where one cannot leave the house without being inundated with marketing pitches for every possible type of goods or service. We experienced some relief with the Do Not Call list...please don't take away that small breath of fresh air.