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News Release: February 19, 2014
WGAW Statement on FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's Response to Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules 

LOS ANGELES -- The Writers Guild of America, West issued the following statement today regarding the response of the Chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Tom Wheeler, to last month's court decision to repeal net neutrality rules:

"This morning Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler announced how the agency will respond to the DC Circuit Court of Appeal’s recent decision invalidating most of the FCC’s Open Internet Order. The Writers Guild of America, West is pleased the chairman is moving to protect an open Internet. Having faced the detrimental effects of years of media consolidation, film, television, and new media writers fully understand the importance of allowing the public to easily view their works through an open Internet.

The recent move by Comcast to acquire Time Warner Cable makes it vital the FCC acts quickly to assert its authority to protect an open Internet. While we hope the Chairman will decide in the future to reclassify broadband under the authority clearly given him under Title II, we are gratified to see him take these initial actions."

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.