The FTC held a public workshop/conference to discuss issues raised in the public comments regarding the FTC's proposed Telemarketing Sales Rule. Participants included representatives from nearly two dozen consumer groups, industry organizations and businesses. The event was open to the public. FTC staff considered the views and suggestions made during the conference, in conjunction with written comments on the proposed rule, in formulating its final recommendation to the Commission concerning the proposed rule. The FTC proposed the Telemarketing Sales Rule to ban numerous deceptive or abusive practices pursuant to a statute enacted in 1994, the Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act.