|Received:||11/29/2004 6:18:21 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:Telemarketers should NOT be allowed to use pre-recorded messages to market to consumers in the manner described in the proposed amendment. It would nullify the Do Not Call list because every telemarketing company out there would love to get their hands on more consumers to market to. Therefore, they would make every effort to set up a marketing campaign specifically for delivering pre-recorded messages which those who are listed on the Do Not Call do not want to hear. Additionally, there's a risk of many Americans losing their jobs over this. If telemarketing companies were to replace human callers with automated, pre-recorded calls, thousands of people could be put out of work unnecessarily. Pre-recorded messages should be treated the same as standard telemarketing because it's still a neussance to those who don't wish to be contacted and wish to have a quiet, PRIVATE home-life. The revision should be re-thought to specify more exactly what a "business relationship" is because the phrase is too loosely applied. Telemarketing companies can simply construe "business relationship" as nearly anything in order to market to those protected by the TSR without proper justification.