|Received:||12/8/2004 5:58:29 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I added my phone number to the Do Not Call List as soon as it became available, as did most of my friends and relatives. This past campaign season, because I have a listed phone number, I received an insufferable number of (mostly pre-recorded) annoying pitch calls from candidates, initiative proponents/opponents, and/or their representatives. By the time 2006 election season rolls around, I will have my phone number unlisted. You SHOULD NOT weaken the law as proposed! Instead, I suggest that you STRENGTHEN it to include charities, political campaigns, and the companies they hire to do their soliciting. If that's too extreme, at least force them to show themselves on Caller ID systems so we can shut them off immediately when we who screen all calls before 9PM are home. Telemarketers are a huge intrusive nuisance to most Americans - millions of us wish they were banned totally! Federal law and policy should be that people OPT IN at their discretion to receive telephonic (as well as e-mail) solicitations, rather than have to jump through hoops to opt out of receiving them. Please stand up to the trade associations and corporate lobbyists - TELL THEM NO!!