|Received:||12/5/2004 6:20:35 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:No no no no NO. If these businesses want to use my telephone as a marketing device, they should be paying my telephone bill. Even then, I wouldn't want them intruding upon my right to privacy -- my right not to be bothered by sales pitches. I feel exactly the same way about political calls, as well as those generated by charities. No one should have the right simply to march into my home, interrupt my activities, and demand my immediate attention. I would be in favor of a "positive" system that allowed telemarketing calls to those persons who actively choose to permit them. Telephone solicitors would be required to obtain the permission of each person they called before they placed their calls. One permission per year, perhaps, from each call sponsor. In lieu of a positive method, the present "do not call" system should not only be retained, it should be strengthened. Thanks for the opportunity to make my views known.