|Received:||12/23/2004 7:25:35 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:The do-not-call list shoudl not be weakened to allow pre-recored message. Our homes are one of the last sanctuaries from the reach of telemarkers. We can turn off the TV, the computer, but a phone is many times a life-line to the outside world. For those of us with aging parents, a sudden phone calls can sometimes be that emergency cry for help! Allowing the phone to be tied up by unsolictied marketing ads, live or pre-recorded, could have the phone busy just when that parent or child tries to make that life-or-death call. We almost always talk to answering machines anymore as people have turned to this technology to screen their calls. Let's get back to a time when we are no longer harrassed by telemarketers using our phones as yet one more tool to sell products that we often don't want or need, and many times can't afford. Let's return control of the telephone back to the owners and consumers - we pay for the right to have the phone, the telemarketers DON'T!