|Received:||12/20/2004 9:51:48 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:Please do not allow telemarketers to bypass the 'do not call' list by allowing prerecorded messages to be left on answering machines and or voice mails. Even if I have called a business or ordered from a business, I know how to contact them. Let them use the US Post Office for their solicitations. People use answering machines to hear important messages from family, friends, the doctor's office, etc. There is no way I want my answering machine or voice mail to be filled with unwanted telemarketing, leaving no room for important and wanted messages from my family, friends, and physician's office. Some of us have cell phones and have given up land lines. I can think of nothing that would make me angerier than to have to pay for unwanted telemarketing messages on my cell phone! It is bad enough that at 3 AM someone awakens me trying to send my home unwanted fax advertisements at my expense [by using my paper and my ink] for their advertisement. I do not have a fax at home, which makes this even more maddening. What happened to the business ethic that the advertiser paid to get his message out? When did it become the responsibility of the unwilling personal public to subsidize the bill for the advertiser? Junk mail is much easier to toss than deleting unwanted messages that could easily fill a phone mail box or answering machine. How recent of a time span would be considered as an 'established business relationship' - 6 months, 3 years, 7 years? Please do not give in to the political pressure of the telemarketing lobby to add more anger and stress to the average citizen.