IFTA Statement in Support of Senate and House Resolutions to Restore Net Neutrality

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 The Independent Film & Television Alliance released the following statement on March 7, 2018: 

“The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) applauds Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) and Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA) for their introduction in both Houses of resolutions under the Congressional Review Act to reinstate the strong Net Neutrality rules obliterated by the current FCC.

The Net Neutrality rules adopted in 2015 and affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals safeguarded the public’s rights to access legal content, applications, and services of their choice online and protected independent providers of content from discriminatory treatment by service providers’ intent on promoting their own products. Without the certainty of these bright-line rules and assurance of their enforcement, the promise of the internet – as an open and ubiquitous platform for all providers, for wide and diverse content, accessible to all citizens – is seriously compromised.

IFTA has long supported efforts to ensure that the internet serves the public rather than exclusively the service providers themselves. The FCC chose to ignore the record of public support for the 2015 rules. The decisive action taken by legislators in both chambers who have supported these Resolutions shows clearly that they are willing to fight to serve the public interest by reinstating a fair and balanced rule to ensure equal internet access.”



About The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA)

The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) is the global trade association of the independent motion picture and television programming industry. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the organization represents and provides significant entertainment industry services to more than 180 member companies from 22 countries, consisting of independent production and distribution companies, sales agents, television companies, studio-affiliated companies, and financial institutions engaged in content finance.

Collectively, the Independent Film & Television Alliance’s members produce more than 400 independent films and countless hours of television programming each year and generate more than $4 billion in distribution revenues annually. The organization’s premiere event, the American Film Market, held in conjunction with AFI Fest, takes place every year in November in Santa Monica.

As the voice and advocate for the independent film and television industry worldwide, the Alliance speaks out on matters of critical importance and, where appropriate, actively lobbies governments around the world in regard to measures directly affecting the independent industry. For more information on IFTA and the American Film Market, please visit www.ifta- online.org.

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