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News Release: May 5, 2010
Representative Henry Waxman and Senator Jay Rockefeller Send Strong Message to FCC in Support of Internet Freedom

Los Angeles -- The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) applauds the strong stance taken by Congressman Henry Waxman, Chairman, House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, in their letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski in defense of Internet Freedom. The FCC must have the authority to create rules that codify net neutrality so that the Internet will remain open and free. This is essential to our democratic society as the Internet has replaced the town square as the place for public discourse and the exchange of ideas. We must also ensure that all consumers have Internet access, that efforts to close the digital divide are not hampered, and that the value of intellectual property is protected.

For a copy of the letter, please click here. (.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.