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St. Louis coworking leaders enlist lawmakers in fight for net neutrality



The leaders of eight coworking spaces from the St. Louis region have joined together to ask members of Missouri’s congressional delegation to fight the end of net neutrality.

In a letter to U.S. Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill and Reps. Lacy Clay and Ann Wagner, the coworking space operators said the end of net neutrality, a policy that bans internet service providers from blocking or slowing down access to content, would have “severe implications” for their clients.

Jason Deem, owner of Nebula Coworking, led the effort to write the open letter. Also backing the cause were the owners of T-REX, HIVE44, Nexcore, CIC St. Louis, CLAIM, UCity Coworking and TechArtista.

The Federal Communications Commission voted last year to end net neutrality, an Obama-era policy supported by many tech startups. On Thursday, the FCC announced the old rules would expire and new would take effect on June 11.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio

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