‘The Shield’ Creator Shawn Ryan to Testify at Senate ‘Future of Video’ Hearing

Shawn Ryan, creator of “The Shield” and “The Chicago Code,” will testify on Wednesday at a Senate hearing on competition in the video marketplace.

The hearing is expected to delve into the proposed mergers of Comcast and Time Warner Cable and AT&T and DirecTV, as well as net neutrality. Comcast executive vice president David Cohen and AT&T senior VP John Stankey also are scheduled for the hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee.

Ryan will testify on the need for Congress to address consolidation in the industry, arguing that the “promise of vibrant video competition is threatened by incumbent control of distribution.”

“The open Internet has the potential to create a video marketplace this is more competitive, diverse and independent,” Ryan will tell the committee. “The Internet is an information highway, and just as Congress does not allow a handful of companies to erect tollbooths on our nation’s actual highways, it cannot allow a few ISPs to set arbitrary rates and decide which businesses, video providers or political organizations can have prioritized delivery and which are relegated to a slow lane. Can we really expect the next Netflix, Amazon or Crackle to emerge under these circumstances?”

Ryan’s testimony is on behalf of the Writers Guild of America, West.

Also scheduled to testify will be Public Knowledge CEO Gene Kimmelman, Dish Network senior VP Jeffrey Blum and University of Nebraska College of Law assistant professor Justin (Gus) Hurwitz.

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