|Received:||11/28/2004 6:58:25 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:The most effective and appreciated government action of the past five years that directly affected my life has been the National Do Not Call List. Where once I was badgered daily by a variety of callers offering coupon books, cleaning services, credit cards and related services, time shares, vacations, and a myriad other scams and interruptions to my daily life, I can now come home and know that if I get a call it will be from a friend or family member and not some pushy salesperson. I took the nasty anti-telemarketing remarks off my answering machine (as if that stopped their automated pitches) and put on a kinder, gentler message that mirrors my new appreciation for my phone service and the control I now have over who can invade my privacy. DO NOT SOFTEN THIS REGULATION!!!!! It works. It makes my life more pleasant. It makes the phone relevant to my life. I can actually pick up the phone now before the answering machine picks up and know with confidence that I won't have to deal with someone I don't know selling me something I don't want. And the other neat thing about the Do Not Call Register is that I no longer have to be rude trying to get rid of telemarketers who refuse to take "NO!" for an answer. I haven't hung up on anybody in months. An no one has bothered my 81 year old mother in months, either, and that is a blessing for both of us. I beseech you not to screw up this regulation by pulling any teeth from it. Sharpen those teeth if you must. Otherwise let it be and allow it to keep us all in peace.