|Received:||12/16/2004 10:51:20 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:It doesn't matter whether companies leave an message on the answering machine from a recorded message. The DO NOT CALL listing was designed to disallow the call in the first place. Meaning do not dial my number.... for any reason...by any means. If you allow this to happen, a person will not be able to know whether the call is from a real person or an automated message machine before picking up the phone. And for the companies to make a reasonable guess when to be able to leave a message on a answering machine, they would have to call very late at night or very early in the morning. This would bring us full circle as to why 62 million Americans wanted the DO NOT CALL List in the first place. The FTC should just say we are dropping the DO NOT CALL List. It would probably be better if the FTC would require companies to ask the individual permission to telemarket to them when a person inquires about a product or even if a person does business with them. There are companies today that do that with email addresses. They ask for your email address as a service to provide you with order confirmation, order status and shipping information. At the time of placing the order they ask if you would like to receive email of new products, announcements etc., basically marketing information. A buyer has the ability to choose yes or no. The same concept should be applied here with telemarketing. I personally have a private unlisted number on the DO NOT CALL List and I still get recorded messages from people that I have never inquired or done business with. I had a couple of recorded messages left on my answering machine that took up by entire space because the message was waiting for a touchtone response. Meanwhile, information I am waiting to hear about cannot be left on my machine. Please, if the FTC has any respect for the American community, it will not allow this to happen.