|Received:||11/30/2004 10:36:38 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:The reason the state and national Do Not Call registries were created was that most telecommunications consumers did not want to be disturbed by telemarketing calls -- *any* telemarketing calls. In the weeks leading up to the recent federal election, our phone was inundated with pre-recorded calls "telemarketing" political candidates. We stopped answering the phone altogether, opting to return calls from familiar callers who had left a message. These pre-recorded calls, even if they were from a candidate we supported (analogous to companies with which we have a pre-existing relationship), were just as disruptive of our evenings as live calls. The point is that I have my phone numbers listed in the Do Not Call registry because I *do not want* telemarketing calls from any business, whether I have a relationship with them or not. In addition, there was a reason that the "measured per day per calling campaign" language was included in the Telemarketing Sales Rule. The telemarketers know the rules, and if they are not able to abide the rules as currently written, then they should not be allowed to operate. The rule as written is not *overly* burdensome. This proposed ammendment should be rejected.