In December, the Federal Communications Commission announced the rollback of net neutrality, which is shorthand for the principle that internet service providers may not discriminate internet data based on the user, content or source and cannot favor or block particular products or websites. The National Association of REALTORS® has spoken out against this action.
NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall, a sixth-generation REALTOR® from Columbia, Missouri and CEO of RE/MAX Boone Realty had this to say about the net neutrality rollback:
“The internet as we know it today is a fair and open platform that puts everyone on a level playing field. FCC’s rollback of the Open Internet Order will mean higher costs and slower service for millions of American consumers and businesses. REALTORS® have strong concerns about what that might mean for the way consumers search for homes online and real estate is transacted.”
Read more about the National Association of REALTORS® concerns about the rollback of net neutrality rules. Speak with a REALTOR® in your community about how this will affect his or her business. Talk to other small business owners in your area about their concerns and any precautions they are taking to protect their access to customers.