The Boston cab industry has never been much of a sympathetic character. So it was no surprise when the state’s August attempt to shut down
the cell-phone-based cab service known as Uber
was reversed in the face of outright hostility from the startup’s many fans. But in acting so quickly to placate a growing tech company, the state missed an opportunity to both fix its antiquated taxi regulations and prepare for the onslaught of similar apps about to hit the market.