Rubio calls for easing reins on tech industries

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Manchester, N.H. — Marco Rubio, the Florida senator and Republican presidential candidate, said Tuesday that government must adapt to 21st century technology, promising to unleash tech industries by curbing government regulation, particularly for small Internet start-ups.

Rubio spoke during a visit to Dynamic Network Services Inc., known as Dyn, which helps businesses monitor and optimize traffic on their websites.

After meeting privately with Dyn executives, Rubio took a tour of the offices to talk with workers about their needs and challenges in today’s economy.

America, he said, “needs to transition from the old economy to the new economy.” Rubio said that while American industry will still need to include manufacturing and manual labor, there is also a need to focus on innovation and technology.

Rubio said that outdated, overly complex tax codes and government regulations make today’s businesses less competitive in a global market. He said that the key to helping America’s economy grow is to make it easier, faster, and cheaper for workers to move into higher-paying jobs.

Citing companies such as Handy Technologies, which connects skilled household workers to clients online, he said people are able to run their own businesses and can be connected to more clients from all over the world. He said online stores like can operate without the added costs of renting retail space.

The problem, he said, is that federal laws are out of sync with this new way of doing business. Is a plumber who finds work through Handy’s website considered an employee of that company? If so, Rubio noted, that subjects the company to burdensome regulations.

Peter Burdett, a retired Navy officer who serves on New Hampshire’s veterans advisory committee, lauded Rubio because he understands how to harness modern technologies to help veterans.

“He gets it,” Burdett said. Burdett has been monitoring different candidates to see where they stand on the military and veterans, he said.

“He understands the issues, he knows how to solve them,” Burdett said.