|Received:||12/14/2004 4:50:48 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:Dear FTC: I join with all my fellow citizens who appreciate your prior efforts to minimize unwanted telemarketing calls. In our household our registration on the Do Not Call list has substantially reduced the number of unwanted telemarketing calls. Sanity has been (mostly) restored. Therefore I also join those that prefer not to see a broadening of the latitude of telemarketers to contact us and leave recorded messages, or worse yet, cause our phones to ring and then abandon the call because some one else in the call sequence answered first, by your passage of the proposed call abandonment safe harbor ammendment to the Telemarketing Sales Rule. I find that the concept that telemarketers should be able to contact consumers on behalf of a seller with whom the seller has an established business relationship to be far too ambiguous and subject to abuse by the telemarketing industry. I undestand that anyone with whom I have done even the most casual, one-time business transaction could constitute an existing business relationship that a telemarketer could use as a basis for contacting me. This gives the telemarketer far too broad a reach to conduct his busines which I would see as an impingment on my privacy. Please consider this a vote against, and a plea for your assistance in voting down, the proposed safe harbor ammendment.