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February 27, 2015
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They Did It: FCC Votes Yes on Net Neutrality

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In a 3-2 party-line vote, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved net neutrality regulations for mobile and wired or “fixed” broadband yesterday.

This bans paid priority for Internet traffic and prohibits Internet providers from blocking or slowing down online content. The multifamily industry and its residents depend on the Internet for online marketing and leasing, revenue management, community amenities and more.  

The vote reclassifies broadband as a “telecommunications service” under Title II of the Communications Act – a provision traditionally applied to telephone companies. Critics say the FCC has opened up Internet providers to taxes and fees that will reduce investment in the nation’s digital infrastructure.

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Experts: Lower FHA Premiums May Leave Taxpayers with the Bill
A House Subcommittee hearing drew a range of housing experts to discuss oversight of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) on February 26. The hearing focused mainly on FHA’s plans to lower its premiums for homebuyers by half a percent. Questions also included the role of private industry in the mortgage market.
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Important Domestic Violence Guidelines Raise Questions
The Department of Agriculture's Rural Housing Service announced guidelines on January 5 for carrying out the Violence Against Women Act. The Act helps to fight domestic violence through services to victims and by making sure offenders are held accountable. The multifamily industry continues to support ensuring protections and affordable housing for victims.
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2020 Census and Community Survey Data Up for Debate
Congress is now debating the fiscal year 2016 federal budget. This includes funding for the 2020 Census and the annual American Community Survey. The multifamily industry uses both surveys to determine our economic impact and to provide members with the latest data.
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It's Going to be a Busy Year!

NMHC PAC continues to stay on top of dozens of key multifamily issues. Find out what we’re focused on.

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Hill Watch
Senate Committee Hearing on "Fairness in Taxation," Tues., March 3 at 9 a.m.
Senate Committee Hearing on "Oversight of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services," Tues., March 3 at 2:30 p.m.
Senate Committee Hearing on the Fiscal Year 2016 EPA Budget, Wed., March 4 at 9:30 a.m.
House Subcommittee Hearing on "Reauthorization of the Federal Communications Commission: The FCC's FY2016 Budget Request," Wed., March 4 at 10:30 a.m.
House Committee Hearing on "Building an Opportunity Economy: The State of Small Business Entrepreneurship," Wed., March 4 at 11 a.m.
Senate Subcommittee Hearing on Active, Guard, Reserve, and Civilian Personnel Programs, Wed., March 4 at 2:30
Joint Economic Committee Hearing "The Economic Report of the President," Wed., March 4 at 2:30 p.m.
Media Roundup
Net Neutrality: What's Next After the FCC's Landmark Vote?
Los Angeles Times
Senate Passes Clean Department of Homeland Security Bill
Senate Passes Homeland Security Bill as House GOP Works on Stopgap Measure
Washington Post
The Tax Reform Supermarket
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Never Been Better
The Economist
Fannie, Freddie Declining Profits Revive Push for Housing Reform
Mortgage Professional America
New Poll Shows Strong Bipartisan Support for LEED Green Building Program
For Construction Pros
The Scoop

Black History Month: 40 Years of Progress

Black History Month has been celebrated every February since 1976. The goal is to remember the accomplishments of African-Americans in history. According to the Pew Research Center, shrinking high school dropout rates and high voter turnout are just some of the progress made over the past 40 years.

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