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Barry Lynn Talks Monopolies on the Community Broadband Bits Podcast

| Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 26, 2014 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

In Episode #83 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast, we bring you Barry Lynn to talk about the direct and indirect threats that make market consolidation dangerous. There are many threats from monopolies and many are much more dangerous to a free society than higher prices.

Lynn is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and author of the book Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction.

ILSR’s Chris Mitchell and Lynn discuss whether companies like Comcast are correctly termed “monopoly.” Lynn explains how both political parties have encouraged centralization even as both parties have had vocal opponents of such policies. The two also discuss how policies dealing with monopoly now are fundamentally different than they were for the vast majority of American history.

While we chose Lynn to talk about telecommunications, we feel what he has to say has relevence in almost any industry.

You can buy Lynn’s highly recommended book at a local bookstore or from an independent bookstore online.

You can subscribe via iTunes to the weekly podcast.

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Lisa Gonzalez researches and reports on telecommunications and municipal networks’ impact on life at the local level. Lisa has worked in politics, education, and as a freelance journalist. In addition to her contributions at, Lisa writes for and produces the Broadband Bits podcast. More

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