|Received:||12/7/2004 7:08:42 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:The proposed loophole in the Telemarketing Sales Rule is a terrible idea. The unusual speed with which Congress dealt with legislation regarding the National Do Not Call Registry and the sheer number of people who rapidly added their home phone numbers to the registry should adequately demonstrate that the majority of people in this country do not want to be disturbed at home by telemarketers. Prerecorded messages can tie up home phone lines needed for other purposes, can use large quantities of answering machine and voice mail space, and can be very difficult to "opt out" of since there is no live salesperson on the other end of the call. At a time when affiliations between otherwise unrelated companies cause the average person to have pre-existing business relationships with a large number of companies, if this proposed amendment becomes law, the average person will surely be bombarded by massive quantities of prerecorded messages.