LOS ANGELES -- The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) has issued the following statement:
"The Writers Guild of America West applauds PUC Commissioner Mike Florio's proposal to deny the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger here in California. Handing Comcast a near-monopoly in high-speed Internet service in California threatens continued progress towards a more diverse and competitive media landscape. The decision correctly recognizes that the merger would cause too much harm to Californians, and no conditions can effectively mitigate these harms. We thank Commissioner Florio for standing up for content creators and consumers and urge the Public Utilities Commission to deny this merger."
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.