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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jul 19, 2017

Country Connection: Rural Residents Ask FCC To Improve Internet Access

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/country-connection-rural-residents-ask-fcc-to-improve-internet-access/

89.3 WFPL – July 19, 2017 Written by Benny Becker, Ohio Valley ReSource More than two million people across the Ohio Valley live in areas that lack any option for fast and reliable internet service. This week some of them had a chance to tell a member of the Federal Communications Commission what that means for their… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jul 17, 2017

Grocery union claims Amazon’s $13.7B Whole Foods acquisition will hurt consumers and workers

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GeekWire – July 17, 2017 Written by Nat Levy United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, an organization that represents more than 1 million retail workers across the U.S., has come out with criticisms of Amazon’s $13.7 billion deal to buy Whole Foods Market, saying that the deal could hurt customers and workers and lead to… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2017

Amazon: A ‘multi-headed beast’ dominating the economy?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/amazon-a-multi-headed-beast-dominating-the-economy/

Fox Business – July 14, 2017 Written by Brittany De Lea While the retail sector as a whole is struggling to keep its head above water — with U.S. sales falling for a second consecutive month Opens a New Window.in June — e-commerce behemoth Amazon (AMZN) announced Wednesday Prime Day sales surged 60% over last year’s already record… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jul 13, 2017

Visa Boldly Ushers in the Cashless Future (Where Everyone Uses Visa)

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Slate’s Money Box Blog – July 13, 2017 Written by Henry Grabar There is something knowing about the title of Visa’s latest initiative, the Visa Challenge, in which the payment company will offer 50 restaurants, cafes, and food trucks $10,000 each to eliminate cash payments. “We are declaring war on cash,” a Visa spokesman told the Associated Press. It’s… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jul 13, 2017

The Return of Monopoly

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The New Republic – July 13, 2017 Written by Matt Stoller With Amazon on the rise and a business tycoon in the White House, can a new generation of Democrats return the party to its trust-busting roots? On July 15, 2015, Amazon marked the twentieth anniversary of its founding with a “global shopping event” called… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 13, 2017

WAMU’s 1A Show Covers Rural Connectivity With Christopher

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WAMU’s 1A Podcast – July 12, 2017 For an in-depth discussion about connectivity in rural America, Public Rado WAMU called our own Christopher Mitchell who joined host Joshua Johnson on the 1A show. The conversation covered a variety of topics from technical points to policy. If you missed it, you can listen now and get caught… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jul 10, 2017

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Topsoil

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Scout’s Somerville – July 10, 2017 Written by Eliza Rosenberry With no citywide composting program to turn to, environmentally minded residents rely on private pickup services instead. After throwing her pickup into park on Somerville Avenue, Emma Brown practically flies out the door, grabbing a five-gallon plastic bucket from the truck bed on her way…. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jul 6, 2017

How century-old Dunn Hardware thrives in an Amazon world: Independents Week

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Cleveland Plain Dealer – July 6, 2017 Written by Janet Cho RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio – Janet Harris came in to Dunn Hardware carrying her dog, Snowball, and a shattered window frame. “Don’t tell me this little guy had anything to do with that window,” said store owner Jamie Stadlin, scratching Snowball’s fluffy white head. “Naw, I had… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jul 5, 2017

Maryland’s ‘zero waste’ plan has been scrapped — and maybe that’s OK

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Waste Dive – July 5, 2017 Written by Cole Rosengren Maryland’s “zero waste” plan came to an unceremonious end last week, and so far, even avowed “zero waste” supporters don’t seem to mind. Governor Larry Hogan’s decision to repeal the 2015 “zero waste” executive order put in place by his predecessor, Martin O’Malley, came as a surprise. An editorial in The… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jul 3, 2017

Will Amazon-Whole Foods Survive Antitrust Scrutiny Under Trump?

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Forbes’ Washington Bytes – July 3, 2017 Written by Washington Bytes  MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images Graphic by Daniel Kleinman, Forbes Staff This installment of the #BytesChat focused on the pending merger between Amazon and Whole Foods. Special guests included Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the co-author of the report Amazon’s Stranglehold; Geoffrey Manne, the founder… Continue reading