The PPA is fighting to keep uberX illegal in Philly and @joshk is not pleased - Technical.ly Philly

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Jan. 29, 2016 8:52 am

The PPA is fighting to keep uberX illegal in Philly and @joshk is not pleased

“Who is going to regulate our regulators?” tweeted Josh Kopelman, whose firm First Round Capital was an early investor in Uber.

PPA headquarters at 7th and Market Streets.

(Photo via This Old City)

The Philadelphia Parking Authority is working to keep uberX illegal in Philadelphia, according to emails uncovered by the Philadelphia Daily News.

The news is at odds with the PPA’s messaging when uberX went rogue and launched in Philadelphia in the fall of 2014. From our story:

“We’re just enforcing the law,” said Taxi and Limousine Division Director Jim Ney. He added that it wasn’t a matter of being “for” or “against” uberX — if the state legislature legalize ridesharing in Philadelphia, the PPA would happily regulate.

Upon reading the Daily News story, Josh Kopelman, whose firm First Round Capital was an early investor in Uber, took to Twitter to express his displeasure.

The Daily News reporter who filed the story, William Bender, took note:

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes has been covering the Philadelphia tech scene since 2012. She's co-president of the Asian American Journalists Association Philadelphia chapter and a two-time Philadelphia News Award winner for "Community Reporting of the Year." The Bryn Mawr College grad lives in West Philly, likes her food spicy and wears jumpsuits often.

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