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News Release: January 14, 2014
Writers Guild of America, West Statement on DC Circuit Court Decision to Overturn Net Neutrality Rules 

LOS ANGELES -- "The DC Circuit Court decision to overturn the wireline net neutrality rules is a blow to competition, consumers and content creators. An open Internet has already begun to offer myriad new sources for news, information and entertainment. To allow the Internet to succumb to corporate forces who seek to control what consumers can access undermines the open, democratic principles on which the Internet was founded. In a competitive market, consumers – not gatekeeper Internet providers – should decide. In light of this decision, we urge the FCC and Chairman Wheeler to exercise the authority necessary to ensure the Internet remains open and affordable. The WGAW will continue to work to keep the Internet an open platform despite today's ruling."

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.