|Received:||12/16/2004 10:36:50 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:Presuming that this is not a ploy to get my information to send direct marketing to me, I state now, and for the record, that I am completely and emphatically against anything which weakens, reduces, diminishes, or lifts any of the current restrictions or serves in any way to do so. I believe that lifting the restrictions in any way, directly or indirectly, is not only unwise in the extreme but would serve to put us squarely back where we were prior to their inception. This would be an explicit slap in the face of the American public as well as a breach of the faith which we have emplaced in the FTC/FCC, and our public officials, regarding an additional protection of our privacy in our homes. This ongoing and troubling issue continues to be a drag on the quality of our lives and a most unwanted intrusion into our homes almost always at the most un-welcomed times. Watering down the current laws would not serve what 62 million plus people have already explicitly expressed as a public desire concerning this problem. We the American public have also come to realize that the desire to be undisturbed in our homes, even by a phone call, is more then that, it is a logical extension of our right to privacy. Not only would any allowances for telemarketing to expand take the teeth out of the current laws, they would also serve to make a complete public mockery of both agencies as well as our public officials, and the fine work they have done about this issue to date. I can only conclude that some kind of telemarketing PAC has gotten their well funded lobbyists in to yet again attempt to influence the current public policies in their favor and against the expressed public interests of 62 million plus people in this issue. If anything, I think that the restrictions which we the public demanded and which seem to be starting to do their job should be broadened, not reduced.