Washington Report

Advocacy Updates from Washington D.C.

President Obama Calls for Strict Net Neutrality Rule

On Nov. 10, 2014, President Obama asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take up the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality, the principle that says Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all internet traffic equally. REALTORS® have been a vocal opponent of rules proposed by the FCC that would create a two-tiered Internet by allowing Internet Service Providers to charge subscribing companies a premium to boost website download speeds. In a comment letter to the FCC, NAR described the negative impacts that the “fast lanes” proposal would have on the real estate industry and especially the hundreds of thousands of independent REALTOR®-owned businesses. Because the business of real estate is increasingly conducted on-line, net neutral practices are essential to ensuring that real estate content may be freely and efficiently distributed online. NAR will continue to advocate to the FCC for an open and free Internet.

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