|Received:||12/14/2004 11:54:07 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I have placed my phone numbers on the no call list. This means exactly that: I do not wish to receive unsolicited phone calls, and particularly recorded messages. I do not even wish to get calls from companies with which I have an established business relationship unless it is on a matter which I have initiated. This loophole, like the barn door exemption which allows polititians to annoy me with their prerecorded drivel, is already abused. The ability to opt out on a one-by-one basis is inadequate and ineffective. First, I have to listen to their pitch to find out where to call. Then, as we have found with unsolicited faxes, the bastards just change their I.D. and keep on calling. It becomes a full time job to track and record who I have opted out with who are calling again. No, there is no need for the FTC to loosen its restrictions on telemarketers to conform with the FCC. If anything, the FCC should conform with the FTC's stricter rules! Individuals like me have put their numbers on the no call list for good reason. Anyone who is so lonely that they like telemarketer's calls, particularly recorded ones, can keep their numbers off the no call lists. People who want to get calls from particular companies should be able to opt in, but leave the rest of us alone. The FTC should be protecting citizens from the abuses by telemarketers, not opening the loopholes wider.