|Received:||12/20/2004 9:30:49 PM|
|Organization:||Dvorak Remis Family|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I do not want pre-recorded telephone messages sent to me even from companies I have a close or distant business relationship with. Telephone clutter is very intrusive into my family life, interupts my family meals, children's naps, and causes me to screen all me calls to avoid all such unwanted calls. In addition these automatic phone "dialers" keep calling over and over again to avoid my answering machine this is also annoying and disruptive to my family life. Businesses I have dealt with even once, and their far-flung affiliates who I usually have never heard of contact me all the time. The best way is for them to do so is to send me e-mail. Using that medium I can opt-in for any senders I wish to hear from, and easily opt out for the rest [the vast majority]. Also, I am concerned that cell phone numbers will somehow become available to these advertisers, just as fax machines do and will add disruption and impose costs onto me. This is not a free speech, but a commercial speech issue that should be regulated to avoid annoyance to the public. These telemarketing messages are like people who put flyers on your windshield in a parking lot. The costs of cleaning up the parking lots of this garbage are not free but become imposed on the owners of the parking lot, or the municipal cleaning services supported by my tax dollars. In the same way these automated messages cause alot of harm to the public with very little accountability by the advertisers or their business clients.