|Received:||1/10/2005 10:18:32 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:People should not have to deal in their homes with unsolicited calls, live or prerecorded, from telemarketers. Companies are free to bombard us with advertising and solicitations outside our homes, through the mail, and in the media, but these messages we can easily choose to ignore if we want. A ringing telephone is different—we must respond in many cases because the call may be important to us; we have no way of knowing who is calling. We feel forced to respond at the company's convenience, not ours. It is an unnecessary invasion of our privacy and a violation of our freedom. There are plenty of other ways that companies can advertise their products and services and solicit customers. The FTC should do nothing to change the current no-call-list situation and certainly not allow telemarketers to bombard people with prerecorded calls.