|Received:||12/5/2004 3:28:29 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 allow this change. Require businesses and telemarketers to gain positive Opt-IN permission from a consumer before being allowed to make pre-recorded calls. Require that the Opt-IN be clearly identified, and not masked as a sweepstakes or hidden in any other way. Also require that any Opt-IN is valid for ONLY ONE BUSINESS, not any "affiliates, etc". In SF Chronicle Newspaper 12-5-04, J.Crowe of Voice Mail Broadcasting says,"People like getting messages...if there's a place where you like shopping, you'll probably want to know when they're having the biggest sale of the year." NOT by pre-recorded phone messages, I don't. If what Crowe says is true, then let the customers who want those calls sign up for them knowingly and voluntarily. I don't want to be forced to use cash-only because that's the only way to avoid telephone cacophany and invasion. Please DO NOT allow businesses to use pre-recorded phone calls to contact customers for any reason.