|Received:||11/29/2004 10:28:17 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I do not wish to receive pre-recorded messages from ANYONE. I have never welcomed any information received this way, and I do not believe anyone has a right to dump this crap into my home with no chance of responding in kind. I urge you to enact STRONGER restrictions on telemarketing and e-mail SPAM. Here is a suggestion: why not create a new kind of stamp for phone calls and email? Phones, and email reader programs, could filter out messages that are not stamped assuming they are junk, and legitimate messages would still get through. If someone WANTS to receive unstamped messages, they can do so. The sender buys a stamp from a virtual post office automatically whenever sending an email or placing a phone call. The charge would automatically appear on the next bill they receive. The receiver of the message is credited the amount of the stamp, minus a handling charge that the post office keeps, whenever they read or listen to a message. The stamp could be relatively cheap and it would still be a powerful dis-incentive to mass marketers while it would be hardly noticed by anyone else. Even if it cost as much as a regular stamp, as long as you send and recieve the same number of messages and phone calls, the net cost would be zero for individuals, while the cost for mass marketers would be substantial.