|Received:||12/9/2004 11:46:10 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I diligently signed up for the do not call list with the FTC and waited for 3 months before claiming that I was "protected" from telemarketers. Now I understand that they are proposing to allow these unwanted voice mail messages. I would prefer that none of the restrictions be changed unless to further protect consumers from these bothersome calls. If I want a companies products, I will go and purchase them...I don't want MORE JUNK mail or calls. These marketing companies should not be allowed to create loopholes to circumvent the only protection that we consumers have against them. Why would 66 million people sign up for a "do NOT call" list if we preferred to recieve calls? Answering machine calls are even more bothersome than personal calls. If this measure goes through, all progress made to eliminate unwanted calls has effectively been wasted effort for millions of people. Simply put...telemarketing is spam. If a person becomes angry with a company (for example: telephone company) and decides to switch to another, that person shouldn't be subjected to constant calls from the former asking them to switch back. A former business relationship should not be free reign to barrage a person with unsolicited calls. Any changes to loosen the current restrictions set by the FTC undermine the very idea of the registry. I am disappointed that this is even an issue. Further changes only create confusion amongst "protected" consumers and marketing companies. Let's keep what limited protection we have available to us, after all we wouldn't have signed up for this registry if we wanted to recieve unsolicited calls. I can't understand why anyone would consider loosening the restrictions to telemarketing companies unless they would benefit financially. You can bet that it will be closely scrutinized. As for me and my house, it's been relatively quiet since I utilized the registry and we are thankful that the government finally did something right. Don't screw it up!