Middle Bit: Plexpod acquires Think Big Coworking in Kansas City

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Plexpod—a coworking company in Kansas City—acquired Think Big Coworking’s 1712 Main Street location, adding 30,000 square feet of space to Plexpod’s footprint in Kansas City, according to a story Thursday on StartlandNews.com. 

The deal, which was not disclosed, will take effect Jan. 1.

According to the story, Think Big Coworking will become Plexpod Crossroads, which will then be part of a remodeling plan. Plexpod will manage more than 220,000 square feet of office space as its three locations in Kansas City and host more than 225 companies.

In addition to the acquisition, Think Big Partners will also be deploying a new incubator program at each Plexpod location. It will be known as “Think Big Labs.”

FCC eliminates net neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission overturned a two-year set of rules Thursday afternoon that prevented Internet service providers from anti-consumer actions.

The new regulations require ISPs to disclose any blocking or prioritization of their own content or from their partners. They were passed—despite millions of real and fake online comments urging the FCC to not vote to repeal— by the Republican-controlled commissions’ 3-2 vote.

The USA Today called the FCC’s action a victory for big telecom and cable companies such as AT&T, Charter, Comcast and Verizon.

Under the new rules—called the Restoring Internet Freedom order—ISPs must disclose any cases in which they prioritize some content, whether its their own or a partner over other content.

According to USA Today, it also eliminates an Internet conduct standard meant to prevent ISPs from unreasonable interference with consumer’s access to destinations on the Internet.

Here’s how much Congress was paid by ISPs

Over $100 million in lifetime contributions has been made to sitting members of Congress and their leadership PACs between 1989 and 2017, according to TheVerge.com.

AT&T, Verizon and Comcast are responsible for $34 million of the contributions.

Iowa Senators and Representatives:

  • Senator Chuch Grassley (R) – $727,219
  • Senator Joni Ernst (R) – $44,500
  • Representative Steve King (R) – $210,910
  • Representative Dave Loebsack (D) – $137,325
  • Representative Rod Blum (R) – $27,650
  • Representative David Young (R) $113,755

The complete list is here.

What else happened…

Colorado

• Alchemy IoT, a Lafayette-based provider of IoT asset intelligence for industrial applications, raised $4 million in seed funding – PRnewswire.com

Collective Retreats, a Denver-based experiential travel firm raises $10 million – bizjournals.com

The Colorado Tech community ponders what’s next after the FCC repealed net neutrality – The Denver Post

Ousted MassRoots CEO reclaims helf of marijuana tech firm – The Denver Post

Iowa

Tireless mentor, volunteer, Suku Radia sets new bar for Des Moines CEOs – The Des Moines Register

Michigan

Toyota AI Ventures hired Jill Ford as principal. Previously, Ford served as head of innovation and entrepreneurship for the City of Detroit.

Missouri

Tech startup Lazser Down scores big with NCAA Championship game – StartlandNews.com

KC Mayor: FCC must preserve net neutrality – StartlandNews.com

Nebraska

Virtual Incision Corporation, a Lincoln.-based medical device company, raised $18 million in Series B funding

Nebraska’s largest solar farm cost $11 million – Omaha World Herald