New Report Sheds Light on America’s Monopolized Energy Sector . . . and How We Can Fix It

Date: 1 Apr 2021 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliances shows that America’s monopoly problem extends into the energy and electricity sector. While last year’s Big Tech hearings and House antitrust report spotlighted monopoly abuses at Amazon, Google, and other tech giants, the report from ILSR makes clear that America’s monopoly problem has spread into many other sectors of the economy — including the electricity sector. The report is the latest in a series from ILSR focused on fighting monopoly power throughout several sectors of our economy, including Banking, Broadband, Food and Farming, Pharmacy, Waste and Recycling, and Small Business.… Read More

ILSR and Partners Launch Plan to Create 30 Million Solar Homes

Date: 10 Feb 2021 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Our country currently faces three major challenges: rebuilding the economy, addressing the climate crisis, and rectifying racial injustices. Building local solar to serve 30 million homes — the equivalent of one in four American households — can help us solve all three.… Read More

In The Washington Post: Small Pharmacies Beat Big Chains at Delivering Vaccines. Don’t Look So Shocked

Date: 5 Feb 2021 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the Washington Post, Stacy Mitchell explains why we shouldn’t be surprised that West Virginia and North Dakota’s independent pharmacies are beating the chains in vaccine distribution. The small pharmacies have proved remarkably nimble, while CVS and Walgreens have stumbled. … Read More

Report: Case Studies Detail How Tribes Are Expanding Internet Access

Date: 3 Feb 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new report from ILSR delves into the experiences of four Native Nations as they constructed their own Internet service providers. These case studies examine the unique challenges Native Nations confront as they seek to build Internet infrastructure and address the digital divide while also retaining the tribal sovereignty that is essential to their identity and heritage.… Read More

Policy Brief: Local and State Governments Have Marshalled $9.27 Billion for Small Business Relief

Date: 19 Oct 2020 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Our research has found that cities, counties, states, and community organizations have established more than 800 programs to provide financial assistance to small businesses in the wake of the pandemic. These programs have deployed more than $9.27 billion in grants and loans. Yet the funds are running out. Congress should address the unprecedented crisis facing small business by quickly providing the resources local governments need to do this important work.… Read More

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