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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 25, 2017

Amazon Is Trying to Control the Underlying Infrastructure of Our Economy

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Motherboard Vice – June 25, 2017 Written by Stacy Mitchell We often talk about Amazon as though it were a retailer. It’s an understandable mistake. After all, Amazon sells more clothing, electronics, toys, and books than any other company. Last year, Amazon captured nearly $1 of every $2 Americans spent online. As recently as 2015,… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 22, 2017

Big Bad Behemoth? How Amazon Could Upend the U.S. Economy

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WNYC’s The Takeaway – June 22, 2017 On Monday, President Trump met with 18 heads of U.S. technology companies, part of the so-called American Technology Council. The president said it’s part of his goal to reshape and modernize government. There was Apple CEO Tim Cook to the president’s left, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 20, 2017

The Rise and Fall of the Word ‘Monopoly’ in American Life

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The Atlantic – June 20, 2017 Written by Stacy Mitchell If “monopoly” sounds like a word from another era, that’s because, until recently, it was. Throughout the middle of the 20th century, the term was frequently used in newspaper headlines, campaign speeches, and State of the Union addresses delivered by Republican and Democratic presidents alike…. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 20, 2017

Are City-Owned Municipal Broadband Networks Better?

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Consumer Reports – June 20, 2017 Written by James K. Wilcox Cable providers are among the least-loved companies in Consumer Reports surveys. Some of the biggest—such as Comcast and Spectrum—earn low scores in multiple categories, including value and customer service. Unfortunately, consumers have few options. A 2015 White House study found that three out of… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 19, 2017

Cable lobby tries to stop state investigations into slow broadband speeds

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ArsTechnica – June 19, 2017 Written by Jon Brodkin Broadband industry lobby groups want to stop individual states from investigating the speed claims made by Internet service providers, and they are citing the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules in their effort to hinder the state-level actions. The industry attempt to undercut state investigations comes a… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 19, 2017

Amazon-Whole Foods deal bad for competition: Expert

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CNBC’s “The Power Lunch” – June 19, 2017 Len Schlesinger, Harvard Business School Baker Foundation professor, and Stacy Mitchell, co-director for Institute for Local Self-Reliance, discuss the fear of Amazon’s hands in grocery and whether antitrust laws could stop that. … Read the full story here. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 19, 2017

How Fast Is Your Internet? Net Neutrality Rules Bar State Investigations, Cable Companies Say

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International Business Times – June 19, 2017 Written by AJ Dellinger Lobbying groups representing the cable and broadband industry are pushing to prevent individual states from being able to investigate speed claims made by internet service providers by citing net neutrality rules. The request comes in the form of a petition from the Internet and… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 17, 2017

Whole Foods Deal Shows Amazon’s Prodigious Tolerance for Risk

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The New York Times – June 17, 2017 Written by David Streitfield Joke all you want about drone-delivered kale and arugula. Amazon’s $13.4 billion bet to take on the $800 billion grocery business in the United States by acquiring Whole Foods fits perfectly into the retailer’s business model. Unlike almost any other chief executive, Amazon’s… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 16, 2017

Amazon Extends Tentacles Further With Purchase of Whole Foods

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Common Dreams – June 16, 2017 Written by Andrea Germanos Online behemoth Amazon is acquiring Austin-based Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion, the companies announced Friday—a development that watchdogs say will pad billionaire pockets and spell bad news for consumers. Jim Cramer, host of CNBC‘s “Mad Money,” expects the deal to make Amazon, headed by… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 16, 2017

Amazon-Whole Foods deal could mean new phase of retail

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USA Today – June 16, 2017 Written by Roger Yu, Zlati Meyer, and Elizabeth Weise Amazon’s offer to buy Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion could usher in a new phase of retail, with the potential for hybrid stores and an increasingly fluid sense of where goods come from and how they get to consumers…. Continue reading