|Received:||11/29/2004 7:39:52 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:The No Call list had a goal. Please don't minimize it's impact by allowing such a blatant abuse. Pre-recorded messages are no less an intrusion than live calls. Anyone who believes otherwise obviously hasn't phoned in long distance to pick up messages only to find 17 pre-recorded solicitations, normally incomplete, and all of no interest. At least live callers have the common decency, or perhaps just realization of pointlessness, to not leave messages when they reach a machine. Given that all of the persons who are currently in the database signed up with the understanding or at least the hope that these types of calls would be prohibited, this type of change is a bit like buying a new car then finding out that the transmission has been reprocessed. Any such changes are a blatant failure to the spirit of the bill at best and an illegal act of treachery at worst. Are you willing to automatically opt out every current person in the database and make this change apply only to new entries? I am personally more opposed to these pre-recorded messages than even the in person calls. While it may be undesirable to have someone call me for solicitations, etc., it is totally unacceptable in my view to have a computer call me for such purposes. If the people who seem to require this sort of sales mechanism haven't the stomach for all the "No thank you", "Drop dead", or worse responses that are evoked from their "victims", perhaps they should take the hint that the population as a whole does not care for this sort of treatment. For those who don't mind such calls, or even desire such contacts, perhaps we should implement a National Call Me List. Persons wishing to participate can sign up and receive all the calls they like and as a result save the rest of us from the abuse of technology it seems that you are so intent on unleashing. I suppose in summation I can only say, in the venacular of the day, "Get a clue!"