Phone and cable companies have been trying to reach an industry compromise on the issue of net neutrality in hopes of preventing the FCC from moving forward with a proposal for re-regulating Internet lines so the agency can enforce net neutrality rules.

Telecommunications companies say re-regulating Internet lines under rules designed for old phone networks will discourage new investments in wireless or Internet lines. Internet companies and public interest groups want the FCC to have clear authority to enforce net neutrality rules to prevent broadband providers from deliberately favoring some traffic over others.


The “Internet companies and public interest groups” in the above quote are trying to use the FCC as a tool to force the owners of the telecommunications network that comprises the Internet to do what they want.  Investments must be made to let the Internet grow and adapt, and the owners are in a better position to do that.  Internet companies are customers of them.