|Received:||1/10/2005 12:36:29 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I am absolutely astounded, outraged, furious about and 100% opposed to the proposal before the FTC to allow telemarketing firms to solicit using pre-recorded messages within the bounds of the law. Last October and November during the election cycle I received hundreds of these type of political messages, and hated every minute of it. To imagine that every day I would come home from work to a bunch of pre-recorded telemarketing messages, that is enough to make me want to throw the phone out the window forever. I support the do not call registry, I hate all forms of telemarketing, I do not wish to be subjected to these invasions of my privacy and disruptions of my life, and I would prefer to be able to also block all forms of junk mail coming to my house as well! The government needs to prohibit this crass, shotgun marketing approach, not find ways to help shady characters find ways around the law!! Take this as an absolute vote against any weakening, ever, of the rules, and please consider making the definition of a "customer" more restrictive. I think a "customer" should be someone who has made a purchase from a company in the past 90 days, or who holds an account and has given permission to the company to contact them by phone. And that permission needs to be given proactively, not assumed unless the person specifically denies permission. My phone, my house, my mailbox and my personal time should not be intruded on by anyone I do not specifically wish to communicate with. Period.