Fritz said properties such as Politico and the Washington, D.C.-area news site TBD would not be able to survive "without an open Internet."
"An Internet controlled by gatekeepers with incentives to favor their own content — a very real possibility without the FCC’s intervention — would have stymied past growth, and may very well stunt wired and mobile Internet innovation far into the future should broadband providers be left entirely unregulated," Fritz writes. "This situation would be exacerbated where carriers also provide competitive program offerings."
Fritz said the content delivered by Allbritton's sites would be a ripe target for discrimination from carriers, who may choose to favor their own content or that of business partners. Fritz calls FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's "Third Way" plan "a reasoned and enforceable framework that will prevent abuses on wired and mobile Internet."