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News Release: December 21, 2010
 
WGAW Statement on FCC Open Internet Order

LOS ANGELES -- The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) issued the following statement in response to today’s approval by the FCC of the Open Internet Order:

“The Order approved today by the FCC is not all we had hoped for, but it does provide a regulatory platform that keeps alive the fight to preserve a free and open Internet. The WGAW is encouraged by Chairman Genachowski’s announcement of rules that purport to maintain an open Internet, but the devil is in the details. We fully expect that the Chairman’s stated intention to prohibit paid prioritization will be clearly reflected in the language of the final rules.

As Commissioner Copps aptly points out in his concurring statement, we are at a critical juncture in the development of the Internet. Today’s Order does not answer the question of whether huge conglomerates will control news, entertainment, and information on the Internet, but it takes significant steps in the right direction. The WGAW will continue its efforts to promote innovative distribution opportunities that benefit both content creators and consumers. To that end, the Guild remains focused on the most immediate threat to the future of media – the merger of Comcast and NBCU. This merger must not be approved without strong conditions that protect competition, diversity, and independence.”

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.