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Featured Article, Report, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 10, 2016

Monopoly Power and the Decline of Small Business: The Case for Restoring America’s Once Robust Antitrust Policies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/monopoly-power-and-the-decline-of-small-business/

The United States is much less a nation of entrepreneurs than it was a generation ago. This report suggests that the decline of small businesses is owed, at least in part, to anticompetitive behavior by large, dominant corporations. Drawing on examples in pharmacy, banking, telecommunications, and retail, it finds that big companies routinely use their size and their economic and political power to undermine their smaller rivals and exclude them from markets. This report presents three compelling reasons to bring a commitment to fair and open markets for small businesses back into antitrust enforcement and public policy, and concludes by outlining several specific steps to revive competition and small business. Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 4, 2016

After Three Decades of Neglect, Antitrust Is Back on the Democratic Platform

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/after-three-decades-of-neglect-antitrust-is-back-on-the-democratic-platform/

For the first time in 28 years, the Democratic Party platform calls for vigorous, stepped-up enforcement of our anti-monopoly laws. This remarkable shift in policy was made possible in part by the Bernie Sanders movement, but it’s also the product of years of advocacy by scholars and activists who believe that high levels of concentration in banking, retail, agribusiness and other sectors are ravaging our economy and democracy. Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room, Report, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Feb 10, 2016

Independent Businesses Report Growing Sales and Hiring, but Policies Tilted in Favor of Large Companies Hold Them Back

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/2016-independent-business-survey/

The 2016 Independent Business Survey finds that independent businesses experienced brisk sales and a sharp increase in hiring in 2015, but that biased policies and other obstacles are limiting their success. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | 1 Comment | Updated on Nov 23, 2015

With New Wave of Mega-Mergers, the Big Aim to Get Bigger

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/new-wave-of-mega-mergers-means-the-big-get-bigger/

A recent agreement between two beer conglomerates will turn them into a single company with control over nearly 30 percent of the global beer market and 70 percent of the U.S. market — and it’s just one deal in a recent spate of mega-mergers that’s set to make 2015 a record year for mergers and acquisitions. While much of this concentration is invisible to most of us, its effects ripple throughout all areas of the economy. Continue reading

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Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 2, 2015

Stacy Mitchell Speaks at American Antitrust Institute’s “Symposium on Entrepreneurship and Antitrust” [Audio]

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/stacy-mitchell-speaks-at-american-antitrust-institutes-symposium-on-entrepreneurship-and-antitrust/

This June, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell spoke on the opening panel at the American Antitrust Institute’s invitational “Symposium on Entrepreneurship and Antitrust” in Washington, D.C. In her remarks, Stacy made the case that the national thinking on antitrust has gone awry since the 1970s, when antitrust shifted away from its longstanding goal of maintaining robust competition to focus instead on efficiency and low prices. Listen to her comments. Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 27, 2015

Coalition of Authors Calls for an Investigation into Amazon’s Monopoly

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/authors-call-for-investigation-of-amazon-monopoly/

Amazon’s predatory monopoly is still unchecked, but a coalition of authors is calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate it. In a 24-page letter, the coalition contends that Amazon is abusing its market power in ways that undermine competition and compromise liberty, free speech, and democracy.
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Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 23, 2015

New Maps Show Alarming Pace of Walmart’s Continued Growth

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/alarming-pace-walmarts-continued-growth/

Walmart continues to expand, and rapidly. The company is now embarking on its third historic wave of store construction, with plans to build 440 to 460 “Neighborhood Market” stores over a two year period, presumably with many hundreds more to follow. There is a critical debate to be had right now about whether a company that already captures one-quarter of U.S. grocery sales should be allowed to grow to control one-third, or even half, of our food supply. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 3, 2014

Process Matters: Harold Feld’s Guide to the Time Warner Cable/Comcast Merger

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/process-matters-harold-felds-guide-to-the-time-warner-cablecomcast-merger/

The proposed Comcast/Time Warner Cable deal will be on everyone’s mind for many months to come. Thanks to Harold Feld, it is now possible to follow the process as it moves forward. Feld began a series of posts earlier this month that map out the review as it moves from the Department of Justice Antitrust… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 28, 2014

The Real Threats from Monopoly – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #83

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-real-threats-from-monopoly-community-broadband-bits-podcast-83/

When we think about the threat of monopoly, we almost always focus on how monopolies can raise prices beyond what is reasonable. But there are many threats from monopolies and many are much more dangerous to a free society than higher prices. This week, monopoly expert Barry Lynn joins us for the Community Broadband Bits… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 2014

Chris Mitchell Shares Lessons Learned from Seattle and Gigabit Squared; The Challenge of Private Sector Cable Competition

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/chris-mitchell-shares-lessons-learned-from-seattle-and-gigabit-squared-private-sector-cable-competition/

This article originally ran on MuniNetworks.org, our site dedicated to broadband and community networks.  This the second in a series of posts exploring lessons learned from the Seattle Gigabit Squared project, which now appears unlikely to be built. The first post is available here and focuses on the benefits massive cable companies already have as well… Continue reading