The Vineyard Gazette has an article about the possibility that the ride-sharing app Uber will debut this summer on Martha's Vineyard. It concludes with a quote from the owner of a taxi company, a quote that does a wonderful job of encapsulating how incumbent companies try to use the power of the government to protect them from competition that lowers prices and improves service for consumers:
Mr. Baldwin and Mr. Hickey are looking to local government to keep Uber off the Island.
"It's new, it's trendy, it appeals to the Facebook generation," Mr. Hickey said. "I get that. I'm hoping selectmen will step up, or police will step up to stop it."