|Received:||11/5/2006 1:08:51 PM|
|Subject:||Telemarketing Sales Rule|
|Title:||Request for Public Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I fear there is always a way around new restrictions. With this proposal, I imagine I might get calls from telemarketers providing an "information only" message directing me to a web site or media program where they advertise as an indirect way to expose me to their sales pitch. Is this new rule tight enough to cover such loopholes? Also, in this electronic age, some form of electronic signature should be as valid as a written one, as it is inconvenient to subscribe to something I *want* to receive automated calls about if I have to submit a written signature. I am also curious if this new rule applies to interactive automated calls and not just "prerecorded" dial and deliver messages? I can imagine someone will figure out how to get around the rules by delivering an "information only" message, then offering the listener the option of finding out more information by pressing a number, which essentially leads them to an advertisement or solicitation of some nature that is "incidental" to the call, but is truly the basis for the call. Is the rule tight enough to close that door?