|Received:||11/30/2004 10:00:31 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:For me the main objective of being on the Do-Not-Call Registry was to eliminate the nuisance telemarketing calls that invariably interrupt home life (being able to stir the pot on the stove or take something out of the oven when it's done rather than later when it's burnt; and being able to eat a meal in peace without unwanted interruptions). In no way is it useful to me to ignore incoming calls or to take the phone off the hook; important, urgent calls do come in. But telemarketers simply do not qualify. Changing the rules to allow pre-recorded calls will make the Registry meaningless. Moreover, this idea of allowing consumers to opt out places the entire burden on the consumer (and apparently AFTER they've been contacted and interrupted). Consumers who like telemarketing calls should be able to opt in. OF COURSE telemarketing companies would prefer an after-the-fact opt-out option, but the FTC should make or keep the Registry a way of protecting consumers from unwanted, unsolicited calls AND the burden of rejecting unwanted calls. DO NOT CHANGE the existing rules.