240 Writers Guild of America members sign pro-Net Neutrality letter to the FCC

Robbo sez, "The WGA (Writers Guild of America West) has stepped into the fray over the FCC's proposed non-Net Neutrality rules with over 240 members (show runners, creators & writers alike) signing a letter urging FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to protect a free and open internet and not let it become like cable television. While the larger tech companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Mozilla and others have also publicly expressed their concerns over FCC proposals to create a two-tiered approach to Internet access there has been little if any outcry from any major players in the Hollywood industry - until now."

In the letter, the writers argue that “if Net Neutrality is neutered, the Internet will become like cable television. A few corporate gatekeepers such as Comcast will be allowed to decide what content consumers can access and on what terms. The danger is that blocking, discrimination and paid prioritization could occur. "This puts decision making and power over the Internet in the hands of the few, especially those with money. The Internet is too vital to the free exchange of ideas to allow the few companies who control Internet technology to edit the ideas and content that flow through it."

(Thanks, Robbo!)

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  1. Heh. The ISp business is already like cable television, it's the same companies with soft monopolies protected by their own in the FCC. We want it to be less like cable television - why would these writers want to give more power to the FCC to cement the status quo?

  2. https://www.aclu.org/net-neutrality

    Not all government regulations are bad, many of them (most of them, really) exist to keep the few from screwing over the many.

    Don't try and pretend the "free market" would naturally favor net neutrality, a "free" market (I don't think it's correct to call a system that leads to bigger, worse monopolies than even the current seriously flawed system can produce, "Free") favors whatever makes the most money the most quickly, and in the case of picking between giving your customers fair prices that give every website and web service the same bandwidth, or deliberately slowing down desirable stuff like streaming or, say, all shopping sites except for whoever partners with your cable company, it's clear with one is the choice that's going to make the most short-term profit for the shareholders, and it's NOT the one that's fair to the consumers.

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