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Realtor association supports new ‘junk fax’ rules

Rules strike balance in consumer and business interests, says NAR

The National Association of Realtors has expressed support for new rules that the Federal Communications Commission implemented for the Junk Fax Prevention Act. The trade group had opposed the initial junk fax rules, which required signed, written permission for businesses to send faxes to individuals, for example. In an announcement last year, the Realtors group stated that Realtors "would have been forced to create and store over 66 million permission forms to sustain the over 6 million home sales transactions that occurred (in 2004)" under the act's original provisions. The Realtors group was joined by hundreds of other businesses and trade organizations that also filed a petition requesting a delay in the implementation of the rules. The FCC granted an extension to give Congress more time to consider do-not-fax legislation. "NAR supported provisions of the new rules which clarify the responsibilities of businesses when sending unsolicited faxes and implement the ... new cons...