Hollywood Weighs in on Web Rules

Today was the deadline for studios, record companies, unions — anyone — to submit comments to the FCC on their proposed “net neutrality rules,” the guidelines designed to police Internet service providers so they don’t turn the Web into something resembling cable TV.

As I outline here, the studios’ response was measured: Concerns that there will be enough flexibility to fight piracy and that the rules don’t stifle innovation, but otherwise supportive of barring what they call “anti-competitive practices.”

And their position is far more supportive of the FCC’s effort than that of Comcast, which is seeking to own a studio. In its own filing, Comcast not only called on the FCC to come up with evidence that the rules are needed, but questioned the commission’s legal authority to do so.

Comcast will need the FCC’s approval of its deal to buy NBC Universal, but the commission may very well have voted on the net neutrality rules by the time that happens.

My story here.

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