16 CFR Part 310: Telemarketing Sales Rule Federal Register Notice: Rule Review Request for Public Comments as Part of the FTC’s Systematic Regulatory Review #00009

Submission Number:
00009
Commenter:
Gindin
State:
Michigan
Initiative Name:
16 CFR Part 310: Telemarketing Sales Rule Federal Register Notice: Rule Review Request for Public Comments as Part of the FTC’s Systematic Regulatory Review
Matter Number:

R411001

Gradually, even with my phone number on the No-Call List since its inception, nuisance calls have increased in recent years to a point well beyond where they were before 2000. The law needs to be expanded to include charities. These calls are just as unwanted, as rarely does more than 10% of money raised through telemarketing go to the charitable cause. Even if this were not the case, we should still have the ability to say we don't want this type of call. You originally recommended that charities use the no-call list, at no cost, to scrub their lists. But nobody follows this recommendation. The law needs to be expanded to include politicians and surveys. These are also unwanted calls. My answering machine is not a billboard. The law needs to be expanded to penalize those who falsify caller ID information. Exceptions can be made when the caller ID accurately identifies the caller, but the business wants to show a main business number. Criminal penalties should apply. The law should provide money for enforcement. Obviously, the huge increase in nuisance calls indicates a complete lack of respect or fear. Shady businesses use robocalls freely because they know there's no risk of prosecution. A while back, the FCC said the phone companies would provide solutions with technology. They haven't. Call-blocking features are almost laughably ineffective. Yet software could easily be written to make it impossible for a nuisance call to get through. The TSR law needs a complete overhaul for the modern world, where it's almost criminally cheap to annoy millions of people in the hopes of gaining one gullible customer.