|Received:||12/5/2004 8:38:46 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:As a concerned consumer who wants telemarketing companies to leave my family and me in peace, I ask that the Federal Trade Commision reject the proposed amendment of the Telemarketing Sales Rule to allow telemarketing calls to consumers based on established relationships with vendors. I do not see how such a change could be in the interest of consumers, since it provides an opportunity for telemarketers to harass consumers with unwanted prerecorded calls. I cannot think of a single instance in which a prerecorded telemarketing call was anything but a nuisance to me and to my fellow household members. Those of us who signed up for the "Do Not Call" list did so precisely to avoid such annoying phone calls, and it seems a willful misinterpretation of our intentions to change regulations to permit more of the same. I object to the proposed amendment of the call abandonment safe harbor provision for the same reasons: such regulations exist to protect the consumer from annoying and unnecessary phone calls, and it is the Commission's responsibility to maintain and expand such protections as necessary, not eviscerate them to satisfy the interests of the telemarketing industry.