May 17, 2018
Jean Prewitt, President and CEO, Independent Film & Television Alliance Responds to the Senate Passage of S. J. Res. 52 to reinstate the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order:
“Yesterday, 52 senators including Democrats, Republicans and Independents stood up for the public interest and a free and open internet. IFTA applauds their action and commends Senator Edward Markey for his longstanding leadership on this issue. The Net Neutrality rules adopted by the FCC in 2015 ensured that providers, including independent film and television producers, would not face blocking, throttling or discrimination with respect to their content. By acting to restore these rules, the Senate renews the promise of the internet as an open and ubiquitous platform for all providers, accessible on an equal basis for all citizens. We urge the House to expeditiously act to preserve the internet in the interest of the American Public."
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 145 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.