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News Release: September 17, 2009
Writers Guild of America, West Applauds Congressman Waxman’s Support of Internet Freedom

LOS ANGELES -- Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA), the Chair of the House Commerce Committee, announced his support today of H.R. 3458, The Internet Freedom and Preservation Act of 2009, a bill sponsored by Congressman Ed Markey. H.R. 3458 will, among other things, preserve the open architecture of the Internet. Often referred to as “net neutrality,” maintaining the openness of the Internet will have dramatic effects on the distribution of entertainment content, and will allow independent content creators to once again compete with billion-dollar media conglomerates for access to viewers and consumers.

"On behalf of the Writers Guild of America, West, I want to thank Congressman Waxman for his support of Internet Freedom,” said WGAW President Patric M. Verrone. “Our members know all too well the problems of a consolidated media system, where international media conglomerates own and control nearly all of the content we create. Since the repeal of the financial interest and syndication rules, independent producers have been shut out of the entertainment industry. The Internet offers content creators the ability to own and control their content again – a novel notion in today's world of media conglomerates. Chairman Waxman's stance is a boon to our efforts to secure a free and open Internet and all Americans stand to benefit.”

A copy of Chairman Waxman’s testimony can be found at: 

http://energycommerce.house.gov/Press_111/20090917/waxman_opening.pdf

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) is a labor union representing writers of motion pictures, television, radio and Internet programming, including news and documentaries. Founded in 1933, the Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members. It is involved in a wide range of programs that advance the interests of writers, and is active in public policy and legislative matters on the local, national and international levels. For more information on the WGAW, please visit: www.wga.org.