|Received:||12/16/2004 10:54:27 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:My wife and I are extremely opposed to the lobbying efforts to change the DO NOT CALL registry to allow more phone access, especially to allow recorded messages on our answering machine. We are so relieved that after signing up for the DO NOT CALL registry, our volume of unsolicited calls was reduced by at least 90 percent. We were receiving an average of about ten unsolicited calls per day before! We do not want unsolicited calls even from businesses with which we have a so-called pre-existing relationship. For example, if I cancel a credit card, I don't want that company to keep calling me. During the pre-election period, our answering machine was full of recorded candidate messages and it was most annoying. To allow businesses the same opportunity would be horrible. I pay for my phone service and answering machine, and recorded messages take up time so that a personal caller may be unable to get through because my line is busy, not to mention taking up my time to listen to and delete such messages from the answering machine. This is really an invasion of privacy. As members of AARP we agree with AARP's support of the registry as it currently stands to protect seniors from telemarketing scams.