ILSR Press Releases and Selected Media Coverage

Report Shows How Local Governments Can Use American Rescue Plan Funding to Focus on Small Business

Report Shows How Local Governments Can Use American Rescue Plan Funding to Focus on Small Business

Jess Del Fiacco

January 25, 2022

ILSR issued a report that shows how local communities can seize the opportunity presented by the American Rescue Plan Act’s funding to rethink their local economic development strategies to favor local, independent businesses.  READ MORE


In Inside Climate News: California’s Controversial New Rooftop Solar Proposal

In Inside Climate News: California’s Controversial New Rooftop Solar Proposal

Jess Del Fiacco

December 16, 2021

ILSR's John Farrell is quoted in Inside Clean Energy.  READ MORE


In the American Conservative: How Amazon Crushes Small Business

In the American Conservative: How Amazon Crushes Small Business

Jess Del Fiacco

December 15, 2021

ILSR's Amazon research is featured in the American Conservative.  READ MORE


In the New York Times: What Happened to Amazon’s Bookstore?

In the New York Times: What Happened to Amazon’s Bookstore?

Jess Del Fiacco

December 3, 2021

ILSR research cited in The New York Times.  READ MORE


In Vox: ILSR’s Research Exposes Amazon’s Exploitation of Marketplace Sellers

In Vox: ILSR's Research Exposes Amazon’s Exploitation of Marketplace Sellers

Jess Del Fiacco

December 1, 2021

ILSR's research into Amazon is featured in Vox.  READ MORE


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

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

Virgil McDill

December 1, 2021

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  READ MORE


ILSR’s 2021 Annual Report

ILSR's 2021 Annual Report

Jess Del Fiacco

November 29, 2021

Our 2021 annual report highlights the work we’ve done -- through on-the-ground technical assistance, in-depth research and analysis, and coalition building with grassroots organizations -- to instill racial and economic justice throughout our economy and empower local communities.   READ MORE


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

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

Jess Del Fiacco

November 11, 2021

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 broad  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

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

Virgil McDill

November 10, 2021

"By establishing clear rules to stop dominant corporations from abusing their power, this legislation will safeguard democracy and create new vitality in struggling rural and urban areas alike," said ILSR's Stacy Mitchell.  READ MORE


ILSR Statement on the Introduction of the Big Tech Merger Bill in the Senate

ILSR Statement on the Introduction of the Big Tech Merger Bill in the Senate

Virgil McDill

November 5, 2021

Statement from Stacy Mitchell, Co-Director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, on the introduction of the Platform Competition and Opportunity Act of 2021, legislation that would set a high bar for acquisitions and mergers by Big Tech firms.  READ MORE