|Received:||12/5/2004 2:08:30 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I am opposed to this change and indeed would recommend further restrictions, such as an opt-in list, for all telemarketing. The main problem here is the notion that because I once patronized some merchant that they somehow derive a right to contact me on the phone even though I may never have given them permission, much less my phone number. I may well have been unsatisfied with their product or service, but that doesn't show up on the original credit card slip (how could it?). Anonymous, one-directional prerecorded messages are particularly galling in this situation. Merchants have many paths to deliver such messages such as mail or broadcast advertising. They do not need to use a technology principally intended for individual human to human contact. I think it unwise to loosen restrictions on telemarketers in order to bring FTC rules in line with those at FCC. It would be better to do it the other way around as I have been well-served by the new Do Not Call list.