|Received:||1/10/2005 1:18:25 PM|
|Organization:||Proficient Computing Solutions Inc.|
|Commenter:||Robert Von Kennen|
|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 is the greatest thing since sliced bread! Unwanted calls have been reduced by at least 95%. I can't imagine that anyone on the Do-Not-Call list would be better off with the allowance of prerecorded messages. At least with a live telemarketer, you could express your position on the annoyance and intrusion of telephone solicitations, and your desire to have such calls eliminated. With a prerecorded message, you still have to get up from dinner, come down off the ladder, get off the toilet, turn down the TV, or put down whatever you're doing to answer the phone. And as far as caller ID indicating the probability of an unwanted call, if I'm not standing in front of the phone, I STILL have to get up, come down, get off, turn down, put down, or whatever. to SEE the caller ID window. It was mentioned that I could contact the company responsible for instigating the prerecorded message, and ask to be placed on THEIR do-not-call list. I can only imagine the telephone ping-pong game between menus, voice-mail, call transfers, and the inevitable disconnection that I'll have to play before I can hope to talk to someone who will listen. And if I somehow get on their do-not-call list, who will be responsible for the integrity of that list? The same company that placed the initial call? I just can't imagine any good coming from the whole concept of allowing the auto-generation of millions and millions of prerecorded (unwanted) calls. A lot of people (50, 60, 75... million and counting) waited a long time for the current Do-Not-Call list to be realized and activated. I implore to the FTC that current restrictions placed on the telemarketing industry be maintained. I appreciate this opportunity to respond to possible changes in the list. I hope we leave a good thing alone. Thank you.