The Writers Guild of America West, which has been foremost among the guilds in pushing for net neutrality, has now joined its sister union, the Writers Guild of America East, in condemning the Google and Verizon proposal for rules of the road for wired Internet but less restriction on wireless and other online services.
“These powerful corporate forces are joining together to design an Internet that best serves their bottom lines rather than the public interest,” the WGAW said in a statement.
“The Internet is our modern public square, the home of free speech and independent voices. All other media, news, and entertainment are dominated by a few corporations. The Google-Verizon proposal will allow broadband providers to effectively create a default fast lane online for the already dominant media companies. Further, the proposal to exempt wireless broadband from all net neutrality rules promises corporate control of this rapidly developing platform. Those who can pa to partner with broadband providers will succeed in transferring their control of traditional media to the Internet to the detriment of consumers as well as the creative community.”
Although Google has close ties to the White House, WGAW President John Wells will have an opportunity to make this point to President Obama on Monday. Obama will be at Wells’ home for a fund raiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.