Net Neutrality

WGAW Supports a free and open Internet. It is fundamental to free speech and essential to fostering a diverse and dynamic marketplace where writers can bypass conventional distribution methods and deliver their product directly to the public.  

Writers are at the forefront of creating and distributing original content for the web. This nascent marketplace needs rules that will foster fair competition and supply safeguards that prevent Internet Service Providers (ISPs) such as phone and cable companies from blocking, curtailing, or discriminating against legal content on the web. The list of free speech advocates concerned about Net Neutrality is remarkably diverse—including liberal groups like Free Press and conservative groups like the Christian Coalition.

In December, 2010, the FCC issued rules meant to boost net neutrality, however there are concerns that the rules did not go far enough. The article below summarizes the results of the rulemaking and comments:

The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Rules, Explained  

 

To learn more about the fight for Internet Freedom, check out the following sites: 

                  

 

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WGAW President, Patric Verrone, talks with C-SPAN about net neutrality, among other items of concern to working writers in the entertainment industry.  Watch video 

FCC Filings and Position Statements:
WGAW Reply Comments to the FCC's Notice of Inquiry regarding broadband reclassification - August 12, 2010 (.pdf) 

WGAW Internet Freedom Position Statement (.pdf)