|Received:||11/29/2004 12:16:20 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I don't feel that pre-recorded messages are in any way different (and less intrusive/annoying) than live phone calls. The effect is the same--unwanted phone calls are a nuisance as best, and can be enraging. Similarly, it doesn't matter to me if I have an established relationship with the caller. These days, we have so many places we deal with, that dozens of companies and organizations could legitimately call me under this amendment. I don't want that. And allowing prerecorded messages would so lower the cost of making those calls, that more and more calls would be made. I think it would be akin to email spam: even though the rate of return is quite low, because spam is so utterly cheap to send, it's worth it to the senders, and we all suffer. Prerecorded calls could create a similar situation. Thanks for allowing me to make this comment.