After a meeting voting to end net neutrality, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai answers a question from a reporter on Dec. 14 in Washington. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Regarding the Dec. 15 front-page article "Split FCC votes to end rules on net neutrality":

The repeal of net neutrality highlights what the Republican Party truly cherishes: large corporate interests. As a sole-proprietor real estate agent, I depend on fast, top-quality Internet access to serve my clients. Most, if not all, of my colleagues and I conduct business electronically. Time is absolutely of the essence in real estate, especially in a market where a client can lose a bidding war in a matter of minutes if paperwork is not submitted quickly. When I'm out with clients, I need to be able to pull up listing information on the spot if we pass by an interesting property. A transaction has many legal deadlines that must be met, or a client can be held liable and penalized for contract violations.

My business cannot afford to pay additional fees to access the same level of Internet service we all have today. It's preposterous to expect me or anyone else to do so. Republicans brag that they are the party of entrepreneurs and small business. Hogwash. If they were, Republicans would support net neutrality to help those businesses that can least afford exorbitant Internet fees to succeed.

Maureen Clyne, Alexandria