Writers speak out about creativity and the importance of an open Internet, and why it shouldn't be
(August 1, 2017)
Several weeks ago, the WGAW filed comments with the FCC assailing efforts by Chairman Ajit Pai to eliminate the rules that protect the open Internet. The Guild has called out Pai’s proposal as an ideologically driven scheme to hand over the Internet to a few corporate gatekeepers.
A lot is at stake for writers. An open Internet increases competition and consumer choice and has led to an explosion of diverse creative voices on digital platforms.
Starting on July 12, the Guild called on members to submit comments to let the FCC know they oppose the new plan. More than 350 WGAW showrunners and series creators also signed an open letter urging the FCC not to destroy the open Internet.
In the Guild’s filing, several writers expressed their sentiments about preserving an open Internet. Here are excerpts from what they said (read the complete filing):
You have until August 16 to make your voice heard. Please submit comments here to the FCC letting them know you oppose their plan.