Writers Dispatch, Issue 9

December 14, 2017 • ISSUE 9 • News, Notes, & Events for Writers


Net Neutrality’s Repeal and Its Effect on Independent Publishers

From Digiday by Ross Benes

Surprise, small publishers screwed the most by net-neutrality rules

Net Neutrality Rules Repealed

Today the FCC rolled back consumer protections by dismantling net neutrality.

US Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon plans to introduce a Congressional Review Act resolution to restore the FCC’s 2015 net neutrality rules.


Washington (December 14, 2017) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and 15 other Senators today announced their plan to introduce a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would undo today’s action by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and restore the 2015 net neutrality rules. Today, the FCC approved an item that guts the 2015 Open Internet Order, which the D.C. Circuit Court upheld in 2016. The Open Internet Order prohibited internet service providers from setting up internet fast and slow lanes and ensured they could not block or slow down internet traffic.

Are you a writer, reader, or publisher with something to say regarding net neutrality?  What does this mean for independent authors, booksellers, and publishers? Please share in the comments section below or send an email to us at wd@smallprintmagazine.com


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