New Report: Amazon’s Fees on Small Businesses Have Soared

Date: 1 Dec 2021 | posted in: Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new report from ILSR finds that Amazon has exploited its power as a monopoly gatekeeper to impose increasingly steep fees on the independent businesses that sell on its site. Amazon now pockets a 34 percent cut of the revenue earned by independent sellers on its site, up from 19 percent in 2014. Amazon’s steep and growing fees make it nearly impossible for independent sellers to sustain viable businesses. Most fail. … Read More

New Research Shows How Failed Federal Policy Has Allowed Monopoly Internet Providers to Mislead Customers

Date: 11 Nov 2021 | posted in: Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) examines Internet Service Providers’ (ISPs) transparency — or lack thereof — around the Internet service packages they offer. Shopping for Broadband: Failed Federal Policy Creates Murky Marketplace finds that locally-controlled broadband networks are the most transparent around key service details. Large ISPs, on the other hand, are more likely to make information like upload speed and pricing difficult or impossible to find.… Read More

ILSR Joins New York Labor Unions, Small Businesses, And Community Organizations To Form New Coalition Calling for Legislation to Combat Corporate Power in NY

Date: 10 Nov 2021 | posted in: Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Today, ILSR joined labor organizations, small business owners, and community organizations to rally outside an Amazon bookstore and offices to launch a new statewide coalition, New Yorkers for a Fair Economy (NYFE), which aims to hold powerful corporations like Amazon, Walmart, Facebook, Apple, and Google accountable for their abusive practices against workers, small businesses, and communities.… Read More

Statement from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance on Today’s Reintroduction of the Bank Merger Review Modernization Act

Date: 30 Sep 2021 | posted in: Banking, Press Release, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The following statement was issued by Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, in response to legislation reintroduced today by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Jesús “Chuy” García (D-Ill.) that would ensure greater regulatory scrutiny of mergers in the banking and financial services sector. … Read More

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