ILSR Calls for New Merger Standards to Halt Concentration, Revive Local Economies

Date: 27 Apr 2022 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In 1982, the two agencies charged with overseeing America’s antimonopoly laws — the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission — radically weakened their policy governing mergers. Now the agencies are embarking on an overhaul of that policy. In this comment letter, ILSR details how current enforcement policy deviates from the anti-merger laws passed by Congress, describes the consequences, and outlines as set of recommendations for updating the policy to stop concentration and revive local economies. … Read More

PCMag’s Fastest ISPs in America List Once Again Proves the Value of Cities Investing in Internet Infrastructure

Date: 30 Jun 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

After three years in a row with similar results, PCMag’s “Fastest ISPs in America” for 2021 analysis shows a clear trend: community owned and/or operated broadband infrastructure supports networks which, today, handily beat the huge monopoly Internet Service Providers (ISPs) – cable and telephone alike – for sheer speed. The latest list proves it. Of the ten-fastest ISPs in the country, all of them feature operators that either are cities themselves or use city-owned fiber or conduit to deliver service across whole or parts of their footprint. … Read More

Ohio Inches Closer to Ban on Municipal Broadband Projects

Date: 10 Jun 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

When the Ohio Senate passed its two-year $75-billion budget bill yesterday, it included an amendment that effectively bans the creation and operation of municipal broadband networks and other community-owned projects without much in the way of public debate. The move is drawing a lot of blowback, from cities in the state to local and national advocacy organizations to the Lieutenant Governor.… Read More

Op-Ed in The American Prospect: Biden Proposes Government Actually Try to Create Broadband Competition

Date: 26 Apr 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In a new op-ed, ILSR’s Sean Gonsalves and Christopher Mitchell reflect on the potential of billions of upcoming federal dollars to dramatically reshape our broadband infrastructure and promote competition, after decades of regulations which have favored monopolies and ignored broken marketplaces.… Read More

Can We Be Local in a Digital World? — Episode 123 of Building Local Power

Date: 1 Apr 2021 | posted in: Building Local Power, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Jess Del Fiacco is joined by Christopher Mitchell and Christopher Ali, Associate Professor at the University of Virginia. Their conversation focuses around the idea of what it means to be local during a time when more and more pieces of our lives are shifting online. … Read More

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