Innovation and success must remain our economic foundation

If there is one word that could sum up the current political climate, it is frustration. And that frustration takes many forms.

There are, understandably, many Americans who feel frustrated about being left behind in the internet era, and fearful of being swamped by waves of emerging technologies.

But we also have many old-economy companies and bureaucrats who view new-economy businesses as a threat to their decades-long dominance of certain markets. And these legacy companies are doing everything they can to protect their privileged position in established markets.

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BNA Bloomberg - Daimler Backs Car-Sharing Startup Under Pressure From Hertz

While Turo is tiny compared with Uber Technologies Inc. or Airbnb Inc., the resistance it’s seeing from established players is reminiscent of what the larger upstarts faced from taxi and hotel companies, said Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, a trade group representing online businesses including Turo.

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The regulatory landscape facing ride-share drivers

Technology has given us more freedom to choose the way we work, live, travel, and shop.  But many Americans are hitting bureaucratic roadblocks on their way find full-and part-time work with peer-to-peer services like Lyft, Postmates, and Handy.  These roadblocks are not just bad for workers, but also for consumers, commerce, and the tax revenue that comes with it.

Some of these roadblocks are intentionally created by incumbents trying to prevent competition.  But others are just legacy rules and laws that impede the fast-moving trend of workers moving into more flexible, freelance forms of employment.

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PAWatchdog - Ridesharing roulette: Philadelphia commuters still dealing with the dinosaur

But Steve Delbianco, executive director of NetChoice, a trade association that advocates policies promoting online commerce, points out that Philadelphia taxis continue to enjoy a monopoly on pick-ups from street hails, which is why they must meet certain requirements that TNCs should not.

“That brings certain obligations, including service for disabled passengers,” Delbianco said in an interview with Watchdog. “Any company that sets up a service is not able to serve everyone. Entrepreneurs who drive for Lyft and Uber can’t meet requirements for disabled access vehicles. The taxi commission is at this point grasping at straws to prevent competition.”

If two dueling regulatory bodies weren’t enough, now the state legislature might be about to enter the fray.

A bill to establish consistent TNC regulations is on the table at the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

“The PPA might want to be in denial of the future, but the General Assembly has a firm grasp on how to enable tech to serve citizens,” Delbianco said. “They know how to strike the right balance on regulation and innovation.”

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Why is San Francisco trying to strangle its golden goose?

Detroit doesn’t place burdensome regulations on automobile manufacturers; Idaho doesn’t put undue restrictions and hurdles in front of potato farmers; and California takes steps to protect its farmers — because these industries are part of the lifeblood and identity of their respective states.

These industries do more than just create jobs, tax revenue and prestige — they became a symbol of who they are, part of the fabric of the community and the economy.

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Morning Consult -  Tech, Civil Society Groups Urge L.A. Lawmakers Not to Over-Regulate Airbnb

The letter was signed by think tank TechFreedom, Americans for Tax Reform and NetChoice, which represents companies including Lyft and HomeAway.

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Let New Yorkers advertise extra space

Home-sharing and short-term rentals have been a boon to New Yorkers and other citizens across the country, enabling homeowners to better afford skyrocketing rents and home prices in the nation’s hottest real estate markets. In addition, it has provided tourists and business travelers with additional lodging options and kept neighborhood restaurants and businesses bustling.

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Carl Szabo speaks About Home Sharing on Tech Policy Podcast

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Pennsylvania Watchdog - Ridesharing legalization bill on the move in Pennsylvania

“While this bill is not perfect, it is needed to create a clear regulatory framework for ridesharing across all of Pennsylvania,” said Steve DelBianco, executive director of Driving Philly Forward, an organization pushing for legalization. “We hope that lawmakers in Harrisburg will continue backing a statewide solution for ridesharing and bring this bill to a floor vote as soon as possible.”

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Philadelphia BizJournal - Pa. bill brings Uber, Lyft step closer to legal operations in Philly

“We hope that lawmakers in Harrisburg will continue backing a statewide solution for ridesharing and bring this bill to a floor vote as soon as possible,” said Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, on behalf of the Driving Philly Forward group.

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