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How Local Governments are Scaring Tech Companies


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A representation of states making up the tapestry of the U.S.

Many patchworks reflect the stance of advocates, consumers, and legislators that Washington has simply failed to do its job on tech.

Credit: Protocol

Andrew Rigie said it isn't worth waiting around for tech regulation in Washington.

"New York City is a restaurant capital of the world," Rigie told Protocol. "We need to lead on these issues."

Rigie, executive director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance, has pushed for New York City's new laws on food delivery apps such as Uber Eats. His group supported measures to make permanent a cap on the service fees the apps charge to restaurants, ban the apps from listing eateries without permission and share customer information with restaurants that ask for it.

While Rigie's official purview is dining in the Big Apple, his belief that the local government should lead on regulating tech companies in a way Washington hasn't has become increasingly common.

"It wouldn't be a surprise if lawmakers elsewhere seek to implement similar policies," Rigie said. "Some of it could potentially come from the federal government, but New York City can't wait for the federal government to maybe act."

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