|Received:||12/13/2004 10:27:12 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:The Do Not Call Registry has been working, apparently, only because it's restricted companies from doing the thing we don't want -- Calling Us! But if you now allow *companies that have pre-existing relationships with consumers* to start making the calls we hate -- pre-recorded phone calls -- then the Registry will be useless! Consumers have *pre-existing* relationships with literally thousands of companies. That doesn't mean we want prerecorded phone calls. Even if we don't give our phone numbers when making a purchase, companies can still get them if we use a credit card. Asking us to opt-out on a company-by-company basis will be an onerous burden. At the very least, you could make it an opt-in system. The idiots who, for some reason, want to be phoned at all hours by their grocery store or tire company, can put themselves on the list, while the rest of us can be left in peace.