|Received:||11/28/2004 5:10:14 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:Recorded messages are far more offensive than human ones, and are dangerous to public safety when a consumer needs to use the telephone. The FTC should be increasing consumer protections against unwanted telephone calls, not trying to add loopholes to make marketing easier for the unscrupulous. The "preexisting business relationship" rule will be of little or no help. In the first place, it is difficult or impossible to enforce. In the second place, it is far too broad. I have a preexisting relationship with my local hardware store, but I most certainly do not want them interrupting my dinner to "inform" me of their latest sale. I have yet to meet a person who WANTS to receive unsolicited telephone calls, whether political or commercial. Why is the FTC siding against the people?