|Received:||12/16/2004 11:03:39 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:The proposed changes to the Telemarketing Sales Rule subvert the very reason the program was created. A pre-recorded message is still an unwanted solicitation. If the phone rings when I'm home, I'm still going to answer it and be just as bothered as with a "live" call. It still invades the consumer's privacy. Several recorded telemarketing messages may prevent a consumer from receiving legitimate messages when the tape is full. Opting out after receiving a call places a burden on the consumer for something he/she didn't want in the first place. Changing from the one day to 30 day period will permit telemarketers to concentrate calls on specific days, thus increasing the "bother factor". Sales solicitation trumps past business relationship; I don't want a sales solicitation from a company even if we have had a business relationship in the past. Please don't undo your previous good work!