Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai unveiled a plan today to repeal net neutrality rules with a vote to follow on December 14. Net neutrality rules exist to keep the internet open for all by ensuring that service providers treat all websites equally, prohibiting the providers from charging more money to view content or limiting access to certain websites or apps. That way, no matter which service provider you choose, you can have access to all the information that lives on it. Think about the traditional cable TV subscription model for context. Imagine if certain shows had better or worse reception based on their popularity. Now imagine the same situation online, where it could take more time to access your favorite websites and apps, and providers could play favorites based on their own business interests.
Redfin’s mission to redefine real estate in the consumer’s favor depends on free and open access to information about every home for sale, whether it be on Redfin.com or on a small website run by the real estate agent who’s listing the home. Removing the framework that prevents internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T from slowing down and blocking websites, or charging apps and sites extra fees to reach an audience is in direct conflict with our mission to make housing data more transparent and easily accessible to consumers.
We, on behalf of all consumers, including homebuyers and sellers, request your help in protecting net neutrality. Congress can ensure that the internet continues to be free and open for consumers. Fight for the Future announced that key lawmakers sympathetic to the cause are considering stepping in to do just that. But they need more calls from constituents to convince them to take action. To protect the freedom and equality of the internet, please join us in calling your members of Congress and ask them to stop the FCC from eliminating net neutrality.