A week after the White House and Democrats took a historic beating in the midterm elections, the White House issued a statement with its forceful support of the FCC’s taking up a Title II net neutrality that would essentially treat the Internet like a public utility.

The National Association of Realtors was quick to jump in with its support of the White House’s statement, where the president said in a video released by the White House: “I believe the FCC should reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II” of the Telecommunications Act.

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“NAR welcomes President Obama’s bold support for true net neutrality rules that preserve an open Internet and allow for equal, unencumbered access to this powerful driver of economic activity for both small businesses and consumers,” said NAR President Chris Polychron. “Realtors have been vocal opponents of rules proposed by the Federal Communications Commission that would create a two-tiered Internet by allowing Internet Service Providers to charge subscribing companies a premium to boost website download speeds.” 

Polychron said the increasing use of streaming video in online listings is why Realtors want so-called net neutrality.

“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 - streaming video, virtual tours and voice-over-Internet-protocol are just some of the technologies that are commonly used by real estate professionals today - net neutral practices are essential to ensuring that real estate content may be freely and efficiently distributed online,” Polychron said.

“If the FCC’s proposal went into effect today, new and small businesses, who cannot afford to pay the fees, would instantly be put at a competitive disadvantage. Realtors are encouraged by President Obama’s strong opposition to the FCC’s rule and will continue to advocate for an open and free Internet,” he said.