|Received:||12/10/2004 12:34:23 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:Abandonment is not my primary concern. Having to stop what I'm doing and pick up the phone several times a day is. I purchase phone service so that I can contact the world, and so people with information I need can call me, not so that I can be a convenient target for mass marketers, whether or not I have an existing "business relationship," a term so broad that it's entirely meaningless. The FTC, of course, already understands this. That this change is even being considered suggests that the FTC's goal is not to protect my interests and those like me, but to support commercial marketing ventures in their efforts to invade my home. Again, something the FTC certainly understands. So how about this. Instead of a national do not call list, set up a national business charge-back list, where people can set the amount a business would be charged for calling them. People who want calls can set the price low. People who don't want them can set the price high. Businesses who are sure their message is valuable to the callee can place calls to any line, as long as they're willing to pay the charge. In these days of caller-ID and high-performance databases, it probably wouldn't even be difficult to implement.