|Received:||11/30/2004 10:39:45 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I personally can't think of a worse possible amendment. Automated phone spam is already the most abusive, as it usually grabs a hold of my phone line and won't let go until it's done with its spiel. This wastes my time if I happen to answer the line, and can tie up my line when I might need to make a call for an emergency. Plus in my experience, automated phone spam is the MOST likely to not have a valid way to get off the list. Oh, sure, it may give you an 800 number to call, but that's likely to reach some convoluted voicemail system that never gets you anywhere. And the concept of "prior contact" has already been stretched to mean "and everyone our company ever shares marketing information with". Not only that, but the upshot WILL be that telemarketers uniformly go to an automated model (much cheaper for them, much more annoying for us). PLEASE don't let this go through. KEEP "Do Not Call" a REAL prohibition against junk calls. I may just one person, but I am a consumer, and aren't I the kind of person your department was originally set up to protect? Us? The citizens of the country and not the big corporations?