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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Pushing Back on Net Neutrality

Writers Guild Pushes Back on Argument that Net Neutrality Rules Violate First Amendment

Ted Johnson | September 21, 2015

The Writers Guild of America West and other content creator organizations are defending the FCC’s new neutrality rules, challenging Internet providers who claim that the regulations violate their First Amendment rights.

After the FCC passed the new rules in late February, cable and telecom companies filed nearly a dozen lawsuits, many claiming that the agency overstepped its authority in reclassifying the Internet as a Title II telecommunications service. The FCC took the regulatory step in order to establish legal footing to impose no-blocking and no-throttling rules on Internet traffic, as well a regulations banning paid prioritization.

<more at; related links: (TV Writers: Killing Net Neutrality Will Make the Internet Too Much Like Our Industry. As public pressure on the FCC continues to mount, the Writers Guild of America, West cautions: Don’t be like cable television. May 13, 2014) and (Hollywood cheers FCC's new net neutrality rules. February 27, 2015)>

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