The Broadband Market is Broken: Don’t Fall for Telecom Lobbyist Lies

Date: 3 Aug 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We’ve all been lied to, but when we’re lied to by those we rely on, it’s the worst. Right now, we are all subject to a lie about our Internet access. That lie is rooted in the idea that the best way to move forward is to allow the free market to dictate our access to the Internet, along with the quality of services, privacy protections, and competition.… Read More

Amazon Is Trying to Control the Underlying Infrastructure of Our Economy

Date: 25 Jun 2017 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this op-ed for Motherboard, we look at how Amazon is trying to control the underlying infrastructure of our economy. We also examine how buying Whole Foods would expand Amazon’s control of commerce — and why regulators should block it.… Read More

Press Release: Regulators Should Block Amazon’s Acquisition of Whole Foods

Date: 16 Jun 2017 | posted in: Press Release, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In response to Amazon’s announced acquisition of Whole Foods, Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) and co-author of Amazon’s Stranglehold, made the following statement:

“Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods raises significant anti-competitive issues that should be deeply concerning to federal antitrust regulators and the public. This deal would allow Amazon to leverage the Whole Foods chain in ways that would expand its monopoly power in online commerce, including by integrating these locations into its rapidly growing logistics and delivery network….… Read More

Make Every Day Earth Day Through Composting

Date: 21 Apr 2017 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

“The Nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.”                                            – Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1937 With almost 30% of U.S. cropland eroding above soil tolerance levels – meaning the long-term ability of the soil to sustain plant … Read More

State Bills To Block Municipal Networks Start In Missouri, Virginia

Date: 13 Jan 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

With each new legislative session come the new bills from the incumbents aiming to limit competition. We typically expect at least one and begin looking for them early in January as legislatures begin assembling in state capitols; this year the anti-muni efforts begin in Virginia and Missouri. “Show-Me” Your Bill Missouri’s communities have been the object … Read More

Decentralizing Economic Power, Reinvigorating Democracy: ILSR’s Impact in 2016

ILSR’s forward-thinking, bottom-up solutions have never been more needed.   Please help us expand our impact in 2017 by making a donation to ILSR. As we head into a turbulent era of government, the values and goals of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) remain steadfast. Every day we help communities tap into their own power to … Read More

Amid Murky Energy Outlook, Some Reasons To Be Thankful [Infographic]

Date: 22 Nov 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Without a clear policy plan from President-Elect Donald Trump, the nation’s energy future hangs in the balance. But in a year that saw an influx of state-level ballot initiatives targeting action in the energy sector, a murky (or hostile) federal landscape will only deepen calls for action in statehouses and city halls. Despite the unclear future, … Read More

Report: North Carolina Connectivity – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Date: 11 Oct 2016 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

North Carolina’s digital divide between urban and rural communities is increasing dangerously in a time when high quality Internet access is more important than ever. Rural and urban areas of North Carolina are essentially living in different realities, based on the tides of private network investment where rural communities are severely disadvantaged. The state has relied … Read More

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