Federal Trade Commission.
Extension of period to submit comments in response to proposed amendments to the Telemarketing Sales Rule (“TSR”).
In a Federal Register notice published on October 4, 2006, 71 FR 58716, the FTC requested comment on two proposed amendments to the TSR. The Notice stated that comments must be submitted on or before November 6, 2006. In response to a request for an extension of the comment period received on October 30, 2006, the Commission has extended the comment period for an additional 40 days.
Comments addressing the proposed TSR amendments must be submitted on or before December 18, 2006.
Interested parties are invited to submit written comments. Comments should refer to “TSR Prerecorded Call Prohibition and Call Abandonment Standard Modification, Project No. R411001” to facilitate the organization of comments. A comment filed in paper form should include this reference both in the text and on the envelope, and should be mailed or delivered, with two complete copies, to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Room H-135 (Annex K), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20580. The FTC is requesting that any comment filed in paper form be sent by courier or overnight service, if possible, because U.S. postal mail in the Washington area and at the Commission is subject to delay due to heightened security precautions. Comments containing confidential material, however, must be filed in paper form, must be clearly labeled “Confidential,” and must comply with Commission Rule 4.9(c), which requires that the comment be accompanied by an explicit request for confidential treatment, including the factual and legal basis for the request, and must identify the specific portions of the comment to be withheld from the public record. The request will be granted or denied by the Commission's General Counsel, consistent with applicable law and the public interest. See Commission Rule 4.9(c), 16 CFR 4.9(c).
Comments filed in electronic form should be submitted by visiting the Web site at https://secure.commentworks.com/ftc-tsr and following the instructions on the Web-based form. To ensure that the Commission considers an electronic comment, you must file it on the web-based form at the https://secure.commentworks.com/ftc-tsr Web site. You may also visit http://www.regulations.gov, to read the proposed amendments and file an electronic comment through that Web site. The Commission will consider all comments that regulations.gov forwards to it.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Craig Tregillus, (202) 326-2970, Division of Marketing Practices, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Room H-288, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20580.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
On October 4, 2006, the Commission published a notice in the Federal Register that, among other things, announced two proposals to amend the Telemarketing Sales Rule (“TSR”) by (1) making explicit the prohibition, currently implied in the TSR's “call abandonment” provisions, against the use of prerecorded messages in telemarketing calls answered by a person without that person's prior consent to receive such calls; and (2) modifying the method for measuring the maximum allowable call abandonment rate in the TSR's call abandonment safe harbor. The notice set forth the text of the proposed amendments and posed a series of questions designed to elicit public comment. The notice provided for a 30-day comment period, which will end on November 6, 2006.
On October 30, 2006, the Commission received a request from the Direct Marketing Association (“DMA”) seeking a 40-day extension of the comment period, which would expire on December 18, 2006. In support of its extension request, DMA argued that the proposed amendments “represent a departure from [the Commission's] prior proposal to allow the types of calls it now proposes to prohibit,” and that DMA needs the additional time to “compile information from its members to submit into the record that is essential to the Commission's proposals.”
The Commission believes that the request for a 40-day extension of the deadline for receipt of public comments is reasonable. Moreover, as the request notes, “there will be no change to the status quo with an extension” because “consumers will receive the same protections they have received since the Commission's prior proposal.”  Accordingly, the Commission has determined to extend the comment period for an additional 40 days. The Commission therefore will accept comments received on or before Monday, December 18, 2006.Start Signature
By direction of the Commission.
Donald S. Clark,
1. The requested extension will not alter the expiration on January 2, 2007, of the Commission's policy of forbearing to bring enforcement actions against sellers and telemarketers using prerecorded messages that violate the TSR.Back to Citation
[FR Doc. E6-19012 Filed 11-8-06; 8:45 am]
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