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What it would be like today if the Googles, Apples, Facebooks, Ubers, and AirBnBs of the world had never had the opportunity to take off? And what it would be like if those tech pioneers-turned-giants didn't have hungry competitors driving them to new heights?
A crucial vote this week in Europe will determine the fate of European tech for years to come. If the fumbling bureaucrats prevail, the tech sector - and investors - will pay the price.
You see, on Oct. 27, the EU Parliament votes on net neutrality. New legislation many EU members claim will "protect" net neutrality may be approved.
But in reality, the opposite is true. If passed, the new laws will prove deadly to open, fair market competition that is the vital nursing ground of tech innovation.