NAR weighs next steps in combating net neutrality repeal

New rules set to take effect April 23

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On Dec. 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to undo protections surrounding net neutrality, or the free and open internet. The decision is likely to have serious ramifications for all American internet users and internet-based businesses (including real estate websites). While the internet as we know it hasn't transformed just yet, the commission said Thursday that some rules would take effect April 23. The FCC under Chairman Ajit Pai published an order in the Federal Register that set the timeline for the changing regulations. Net neutrality allows all internet traffic to be treated the same. Undoing those rules bends to the will of internet service providers, and would allow companies like Comcast and Spectrum to behave more like cable companies and charge more for different types of internet use, whether that's streaming Netflix or using social media. The Office of Management and Budget still has to weigh in on some rules, so April 23 will not be a...