|Received:||12/8/2004 8:41:49 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:If the purpose of the Do Not Call law and listing was to prevent an invasion of the peoples privacy, why are you even considering changing it in favor of the telemarketing industry? Their dire predictions about massive layoffs due to the Do Not Call list have not materialized, and they seem to have been provided with enough loopholes in the current code to still be annoying. If anything, the code should be tightened to prohibit abandoned messages totally. It is beyond belief to me that the FTC, after passing one of the most welcome consumer laws in memory, would now consider loosening controls on an intrusive telemarketing tactic that NOBODY wants to put up with. These companies still do not provide Caller ID as required, and blocking these unsolicited messages is almost impossible now. If the telemarketing industry is so afraid that they will have to discharge employees, why are they now trying to automate their annoying delivery system? Their argument is completely bogus and hypocritical, and should not even be given consideration by the Commission.