|Received:||1/10/2005 10:39:21 AM|
|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 amend the current Telemarketing Sales Rule to include prerecorded messages. Regardless of whether a person or machine places the call, the intent is unwanted by those individuals who placed their telephone number on a Do Not Call registry. The DMA got themselves in this mess for being foolish for years in ignoring requests to cut the number of calls. Only with legislation have the calls begun to cease. Now that the DMA revenues are declining, they must find some other way to get back in the game. Hence, they propose this amended request. In an age where privacy is becoming more limited, please do not allow the one place (the private home) to be intruded upon. If the Direct Marketing Association wants to make calls to individuals, they can solicit individuals to contact by paying them to opt out of the DNC registry and accept unsolicited calls. The folks who choose this option can select the types of products they would be interested in purchasing and the member DMA companies can much more easily target their calls to those folks who might be interested rather than a free for all to the general public. The folks who choose to participate in the program can select whether they would prefer a person or machine contacting them. In this scenario, I think everyone wins.