|Received:||12/14/2004 6:55:11 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:Please do not allow the rule change described above. Telemarketers seek these rule changes as a thinly veiled strategy to develop loopholes for abusing the public at large. If they had an ongoing business relationship with an individual, they would not be making mass calls, they would have a real person with specific business interests making a call related to that established relationship. The calls the telemarketers want to increase and to "safe harbor" are solicitations for new business, usually from people they have never done business with at all. This is not a freedom of speech issue. It is an invasion of privacy issue. It is the telemarketers invading the privacy of individual homes to distrub the peace and quiet enjoyment of their home. The telemarketers are uninvited and unwelcome. Please reject the request to amend the Telemarketing Sales Rule to create an additional call abandonment safe harbor to allow telemarketing calls that deliver a prerecorded message to consumers. Please reject the request submitted by the Direct Marketing Association to amend the TSR’s call abandonment safe harbor provision that currently requires use of "technology that ensures abandonment of no more than three (3) percent of all calls answered by a person, "measured per day per calling campaign" substituting the phrase "measured over a 30-day period."