|Received:||11/28/2004 7:37:57 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I have deliberately registered my phone number on the "Do Not Call" list to avoid telemarketing calls. Some of the worst of these calls are the automatic message calls. They are just as intrusive as "live" telemarketers when I answer the phone. When my machine answers the phone, unlike "live" callers, automatic messages will still be left and will run until the time limit of the message period is reached. In addition there is no way to request removal from the telemarketer's call list with an automatic message system that does not involve additional time and effort on my part. I registered my number so as to inform EVERY telemarketer I am not interested in receiving their call. If I could also block charitable organizations and political calls - especially political calls considering the deluge I received during the recent campaigns - I would willingly do so as well. To be faced with the prospect of going back to having telemarketers interupt my dinner, my time with my family, the time I spend working in my home office to try to sell me products and services I am not interested in and not seeking information about is troubling. To be faced with the prospect of these telemarketers being automated messages from companies that gives me no ability to opt out? Makes me seriously consider whether I need a phone at all anymore - certainly not a "land line" and definitely not a published number. So much for safety in the home.