Tech-friendly cities struggle with new biz rules

Sep 28, 2014 11:39 AM by News Staff

BOSTON (AP) - Boston and Cambridge are looking to regulate online and mobile-based businesses like Airbnb, Uber and Lyft, making the tech-friendly cities unlikely participants in fights over how to deal with such services.

In Boston, the City Council has banned an application that would allow people to sell their parking space. Now it's eyeing restrictions on ride shares and lodging websites.

In Cambridge, city regulators have been trying for years to restrict Uber. They've tried lawsuits and are now proposing subjecting those services to the same regulations as taxi cabs.

Uber and local technology entrepreneurs opposed to the regulations say it's ironic that two cities that have built their reputations largely on innovation are effectively stifling new technologies.

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