|Received:||12/5/2004 1:55:49 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:Please do not loosen the rules on telemarketers in any way that would damage the value of the Do Not Call process. Our home is so much better since the Do Not Call rules went into effect. It would be as bad -- if not worse -- if telemarketers were allowed to use automated systems to call us. At the same time, even if I have a pre-existing relationship with a company, I also want the ability to end my relationship with a company that does not respect my desire not to be called at home for any telemarketing. It would give me more leverage to control those businesses I do have a relationship with if I could tell them, --- You either take me off of your telemarketing list or I will close my account with you -- and that will effectively end any opportunity you have to call me in the future. --- The Do Not Call list has been the most positive and effective thing the Government has done in years. We received on a daily basis at least 1 call and these calls came in the evening during dinner time or at a time that we did not want to be disturbed. I also believe that I should not have to pay a premium for --filtering-- my phone calls to completely eliminate telemarketers. The Do Not Call program is not 100% perfect -- it still allows charities to call, but we have only received about 2 of those since Do Not Call was instituted. As a consumer, I am asking the FTC to ABSOLUTELY RESTRICT any changes to the Do Not Call progam that would allow telemarketers to skirt around my desire to not be disturbed at home. WE ABSOLUTELY OPPOSE LOOSENING RESTRICTIONS N TELEMARKETERS. The FTC did the right thing enacting the Do Not Call registry and you should not allow the special interests of Telemarketers diminish your fine work!