|Received:||11/29/2004 10:22:04 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:Very bad idea. Pre-recorded telespam is the vilest sort of telemarketing call, and the most common. (Before the national Do Not Call registry went into effect about 90% of the telemarketing calls I received were pre-recorded messages.) Telemarketing companies interpret the ''established business relationship" rule in the loosest possible way, including placing calls for their 'associates.' Or simply ignoring the law entirely. Attemping to restrict telemarketers in the manner is ineffective. These sorts of telemarketing calls are a nightmare for people who work from a home office in particular. One's day is consumed by answering a barrage of undesired phone calls touting dubious services. Now one's day is consumed answering a barrage of undesired phone calls touting dubious CHARITIES, but at least the barrage is smaller. In short, it is the opinion of this consumer that restrictions on telemarketers need to be INCREASED, not reduced. Particularly restrictions on the despised pre-recorded messages.