Supports New York City Council resolution

The Writers Guild of America East has backed a New York City Council resolution urging the Federal Communications Commission to adopt Net neutrality standards for Internet service providers.

“We believe people would benefit from an Internet that offers a greater variety of options than what is currently available on television, radio and the movie theater,” said WGA East exec director Lowell Peterson in testimony unveiled Thursday. “Digital technology presents an enormous range of possibilities to content creators and consumers alike, and it would be a tragedy to squeeze all of that into a narrow commercial band.”

The FCC began last month the formal process of establishing a set of “rules for the road” for Internet service providers.

Studios and networks have voiced concerns that increased piracy may result if the open access push succeeds.

Peterson noted that writers and other creators without the financial backing of major corporate enterprises will lose their access to audiences if Net distribution is skewed in favor of large-scale commercial interests.

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