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Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 10, 2017

A Thoroughly Modern Way to Fleece the Customer, Dynamic Pricing

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This article was originally published in our The Public Good: Reports from the Front Lines (September 27, 2017), available here. In the beginning there were no fixed prices.  Every transaction involved a negotiation between buyer and seller. Then, in 1861, as Guardian reporter Tim Adams informs us, Philadelphia retailer John Wanamaker introduced price tags along with the slogan, “If… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 15, 2014

The Birth of Community Broadband – Video

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ILSR is excited to announce a new short video examining an impressive municipal broadband network, Glasgow Kentucky. Glasgow was the first municipal broadband network and indeed, seems to have been the first citywide broadband system in the United States. We partnered with the Media Working Group to produce this short documentary and we have the… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 19, 2013

Monticello Fiber Price War Offers Key Lessons for Broadband Competition

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/monticello-fiber-price-war-offers-key-lessons-for-broadband-competition/

Monticello Minnesota may be located 40 miles outside Minneapolis, but it is the center of the planet when it comes to FTTH competition. We have tried and cannot identify another community localed on planet earth with two separate FTTH networks going head to head across the entire community. We have long written about Monticello, most… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 20, 2013

Monticello Moves Closer to Settlement with Bondholders

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It has been about a year since we checked in on FiberNet Monticello, a city-owned FTTH network about 40 miles northwest of Minneapolis. At that time, the network was generating insufficient revenue to meet debt payments, the private company operating the network (HBC) was stepping down, and Gigabit Squared was kicking the tires. Since then,… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 12, 2013

Billy Ray, Community Broadband Pioneer, Joins us For Community Broadband Bits #33

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Glasgow was a true pioneer in community owned broadband networks, starting with its own cable plant in the 1980s. Billy Ray, CEO of Glasgow Electric Plant Board, has been an inspiration for municipal broadband networks — one can’t dig into the early history of LUS Fiber in Louisiana without running into something from Billy Ray,… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 10 Comments | Updated on Jun 20, 2012

Justice Department Abets Amazon’s E-Book Monopoly

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/dojs-lawsuit/

For years, Amazon has used its size and market power to bully publishers and keep other retailers from competing in the e-book market.  And, for years, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has done nothing to constrain Amazon’s abuses or bring about a more competitive marketplace. So it was quite a shock last month when… Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 2 Comments | Updated on Jun 23, 2009

Death of the Category Killers

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Borders Books is on "death watch," according to one industry observer. Virgin shut down its last U.S. record store this month. Office Depot and Staples are struggling.  Circuit City is gone.  Best Buy has launched a desperate ad campaign.

While the decline of independent businesses has leveled off, the rest of the retail sector is undergoing dramatic consolidation as a small number of massive companies become ever more dominant. This is an ominous trend for manufacturers and consumers, and it exposes serious flaws in U.S. antitrust policy.  Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 1, 2003

German High Court Convicts Wal-Mart of Predatory Pricing

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Germany’s highest court has ruled that Wal-Mart’s below-cost pricing strategy undermines competition and violates the country’s antitrust laws. Two years ago, the federal Cartel Office accused Wal-Mart and two other large supermarket chains of selling goods below cost and ordered the companies to raise their prices. The items in question included about a dozen staple products like milk, butter, and vegetable oil. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 1 Comment | Updated on Oct 1, 2001

Wal-Mart Settles Predatory Pricing Charge

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Wal-Mart admits no wrongdoing and will not pay a fine in a settlement reached with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection over a predatory pricing complaint filed by the agency last year. The company will, however, face double or triple fines for any future violations, according to the terms of the agreement. The complaint accused Wal-Mart of selling butter, milk, laundry detergent, and other staple goods below cost at stores in Beloit, Oshkosh, Racine, Tomah, and West Bend. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2001

Consumers Don’t Buy Wal-Mart Rap On Gasoline Law

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As we reported in recent issues of this Bulletin, Wal-Mart is lobbying several state legislatures to repeal laws that bar below-cost sales of gasoline. Wal-Mart is installing gas stations in the parking lots of hundreds of its superstores. By selling gas below its wholesale cost, Wal-Mart hopes to draw shoppers into its stores and eliminate independent competitors. The problem is, many states have laws that require retailers to sell gas at a minimum mark-up. Continue reading