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Startups in New York Need Net Neutrality

The success of America’s startup ecosystem depends on an open Internet with clear, enforceable Net Neutrality rules. Small companies should be able to compete on a level playing field without the threat of being sidelined by huge cable companies and Internet providers. 

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ShapewaysNew York, NY

Without an open Internet, there would be no Shapeways. When Shapeways was founded in 2008, very few people had heard of 3D printing, and almost no one thought that there would be enough interest in an online platform that could bring it to everyone. Fortunately, we didn’t need permission from Internet service providers to launch Shapeways. We built the platform, connected it to the Internet, and let it grow as people discovered the amazing opportunities that 3D printing provides. Shapeways has faced more than a few challenges during our nine years in operation. We’ve been able to overcome them because we knew that as long as we provided a great service, people would be able to find us. We knew that people could find us because we were connected to an open internet.

Oscar HealthNew York, NY

As a health care company that sees the growing trend of delivering more and more care virtually, it is important to keep the internet free and fair so that we can deliver affordable, and accessible care to our members.

PhotoShelterNew York, NY

In our world, we work with professionals who excel at visual storytelling. My major concern is that these small businesses can be easily squeezed out. Today, creative professionals have a more even playing field upon which they can attract traffic and share their content online. Without net neutrality, imagine searching for your favorite creators’ photos and videos, only to be redirected to a behemoth agency who can afford special rates with their ISP. Beyond this, killing net neutrality will constrain the future creation of innovative new platforms and vehicles for visual stories to be told.

UntaptNew York, NY

Repealing Title II regulations and allowing ISPs to start charging extra, or slowing down speeds to competing sites, will have an extremely detrimental effect on start ups (and the internet as a whole). It will make it significantly more difficult to have a site that works universally regardless of the ISP that it is being accessed on. In the event that an ISP decides they don't want our site to get as much traffic (or be as easily accessible), due to a larger competitor paying them for preferential treatment, our growth with be stifled. There is absolutely no reason that the previous regulations should be repealed. It will only serve the massive and rich corporations and will have a negative effect on future innovation. My company, and many startups like it will suffer, while multi-billion dollar companies will marginally increase revenue. For the sake of competitive industry, innovation, growth, and fair business practices, I strongly strongly support net neutrality and the continuance of a Title II regulatory framework.
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StylaquinNew York, NY

The cost of bootstrapping a startup is already a huge burden. By ending net neutrality, service providers will create fast lanes that only the largest companies can afford. We will be starting at an even greater disadvantage. This will hold back innovation and reduce the number of startups that can get past the incubator stage.

BravelyNew York, NY

As a cost-sensitive small business taking a bet on a new category and product the world hasn't seen before, we've been able to establish our company and grow thanks to the freedom of the internet. Every entrepreneur should have that right.

StaffbaseBrooklyn, NY

Net neutrality protects small innovators like us that become growth engines for jobs and the economy.

YappNew York, NY

As a small company, the open nature of the internet has removed barriers to entry for us to launch our product and innovate without having to a) negotiate with ISPs or b) navigate a bureacracy.

AppNexusNew York, NY

As the world’s leading independent advertising technology company, AppNexus knows firsthand that net neutrality is essential to an online environment in which no company or oligarchy of companies controls the distribution of content and information, nor the monetization of it. If the equality of the online ecosystem breaks down, the entire internet suffers: advertisers will reduce or eliminate their digital spend; publishers will lose money, which could force them to shrink or shutter their businesses; and consumers will have less choice in where they turn for their information and entertainment.

JoorNew York, NY

JOOR is a global tech company of nearly 100 people headquartered in NYC with team members and business clients around the world. The ability to have clients access our products and services easily, and without either of us paying extra for the privilege to do so, is paramount for our business -- and our clients’ businesses -- to grow. The ability for our organization to leverage online tools to communicate with remote team members and run our business effectively is critical for our business’ success. We simply ask that our service and everyone else's be treated the same so we can focus on serving our clients and staying competitive in our global landscape.
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Startups Need Net Neutrality

More than 1,000 startups, innovators, investors, and entrepreneurial support organizations have joined Engine, Y Combinator, and Techstars in sending a letter to the new leader of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Chairman Ajit Pai, supporting a free and open Internet. 

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