|Received:||12/21/2004 5:12:41 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I strongly urge you not to approve the use of prerecorded messages to be left on answering machines or to interrupt our personal activities. These messages would be left on equipment we purchase to ensure we are alerted to phone calls and information that is important to us when we are not available to answer the phone. Answering machines are not purchased to ensure advertisers have a method to get their message to me. There are many other methods for them to advertise. The use of my answering machine for advertising will nullify its usefulness for the purpose it was purchased by filling the capacity so I'll miss information I desire and encourageing me to unplug the machine because of the aggravation. I also pay for the telephone service to communicate with friends and family, not to receive advertising. If, advertisers wish to buy an answering machine and pay for my phone service in exchange for leaving me messages, I'd consider signing up. Until then, it is unreasonable for me to supplement their advertising budget with no benefit to me, only aggravation.