SAG, AFTRA, DGA and IATSE's Comments on the Latest FCC Filing

SAG, AFTRA, DGA and IATSE's Comments on the Latest FCC Filing

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (“AFTRA”), Directors Guild of America (“DGA”), International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (“IATSE”) and Screen Actors Guild (“SAG”) (collectively, the “Guilds and Unions”) respectfully offer their comments in response to the Commission’s “Further Inquiry Into Two Under-Developed Issues In The Open Internet Proceeding.”

In its latest inquiry, the Commission has solicited comments on “the application of openness principles to wireless,” a potential requirement for wireless broadband providers to “allow any non-harmful device to connect to their network,” and a potential prohibition for wireless broadband providers from “denying or restricting access to applications . . .” 1 As the Guilds and Unions have noted in both this proceeding and the related Framework for Broadband Internet Services proceeding, the online theft of copyrighted content is an imminent concern for the 300,000 members of the Guilds and Unions.2 This theft occurs by way of both wired and wireless broadband. The deployment and adoption of wireless broadband is likely to grow in the coming years, and may therefore become increasingly utilized for purposes of the unlawful distribution of copyrighted content. Therefore, the Commission should ensure that wireless broadband access providers are clearly permitted to take adequate measures to detect and prevent the distribution of content distributed in contravention of copyright, regardless of any application of openness principles to wireless broadband access.


1 Further Inquiry Into Two Under-Developed Issues In The Open Internet Proceeding, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, GN Docket No. 09-191, WC Docket No. 07-52 (FCC 10-1667, rel. Sept. 1, 2010) at 4, 5.


2 See, e.g., Reply Comments of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Directors Guild of America, International Alliance of the Theatrical and Stage Employees, and Screen Actors Guild in Dockets 09- 191 and 07-52 (April 26, 2010) at 10; see also Comments of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Directors Guild of America, International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees, and Screen Actors Guild in Docket 10-127 (July 15, 2010) at 4.

Click here to view SAG, AFTRA, DGA and IATSE's comments in response to the Commission’s “Further Inquiry Into Two Under-Developed Issues In The Open Internet Proceeding.”

SAG Contact:
Pamela Greenwalt
(323) 440-2892

AFTRA Contact:
Christopher de Haan                                     
(323) 634-8203

DGA Contact:
Sahar Moridani
(310) 289-5333

IATSE Contact:
Katherine Orloff      
(212) 730-1770