|Received:||11/29/2004 5:24:38 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:The rule is called "Do Not CALL," and to leave any kind of message, telemarketers must first CALL. What you propose is a modified "Do Not Talk Directly" list. How could the FTC possibly *guarantee* that those calls are really going to answering machines and voice mail? What about consumers who are home during the day - a number that continues to increase? And for those with voice mail, why should a consumer have to spend money to call their voice mail only to find they're retrieving telemarketing recordings? This is an absurd and anti-consumer proposal. Recordings are the same as spam - there is no way to opt out at that moment. The consumer would be forced to make a call, which may be a toll or even a very costly international call, which may be in any of dozens of time zones, and to who? Another recording? Sitting on hold to get a person who speaks little or no English? This ill thought-out proposition needs to be scuttled.