On the opposite side of the net neutrality debate are those who support net competition. Their argument against signing net neutrality into law is that they do not want government regulations determining exactly how the Internet should function. They state that they desire a competitive and open Internet that is consumer-driven. From their arguments, it sounds as though they desire no change in the current Internet either, since the Internet is currently consumer-driven, competitive, and open, with a minimum of government regulations. However, their real motive is to prevent any legislation being signed that will keep the free and open Internet from changing.

The reason for this is that net competition is supported by the major telecom companies and Internet service providers, such as AT&T, BellSouth, Sprint, Comcast, Verizon, Cingular, Qwest, and many others. These companies desire no government regulation of how information passes along the Internet because they want to create a tiered Internet in which users must pay more for faster service from the same network, and in which companies must pay the ISPs in order to have their packets delivered to users faster than other packets. They would not specifically restrict anyone's access to a specific site or type of content, but they would force users to pay more for better access, and they would expect companies or individuals who want Internet users to have optimized access to their sites to pay the telecom companies.