TOP IT companies are pushing for stronger rules to protect the net neutrality that they say protects consumers and the internet.
The top four telecoms — AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner — sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai urging him to extend net neutrality protections, which critics say is designed to help big telecoms like AT&F and Comcast block or slow down rival services.
The companies said in the letter that if Pai fails to extend the protections, the companies will be forced to make more investment in building out more networks.
“In the face of these pressures, it is essential that Congress act now to protect net neutrality and ensure that the open internet remains the bedrock of our economy,” the companies said.
The letter from the top four was sent on Wednesday by three of the world’s biggest telecoms.
They include AT&P, Verizon and Comcast.
The top three are all owned by Verizon.
Ajit Pai is set to be sworn in on Thursday to head the Federal Communications Board, which regulates the internet and telecoms as well as the phone and cable industries.
He is also a Republican and a supporter of net neutrality.
The move comes as President Donald Trump has moved to roll back regulations that were put in place to prevent internet service providers from favoring their own services over those of rivals.
Trump has repeatedly threatened to impose a “total and complete shutdown” on the internet, which he says would harm the American economy and consumer rights.
The FCC has been criticized for its reluctance to enforce net neutrality regulations.