Report: Amazon’s Toll Road

Date: 1 Dec 2021 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Amazon is exploiting its position as a gatekeeper to impose steep and growing fees on the small businesses that must rely on its site to reach the online market, our new report finds. Even as these exorbitant fees bankrupt sellers, they are generating huge profits for Amazon, a fact that the tech giant conceals in its financial reports. These profits are not only the spoils of Amazon’s monopoly power. They are the essential fuel that feeds its market-domination strategies.… Read More

Report: Failed Federal Policy Generates Customer Frustration in Broadband Marketplace

Date: 11 Nov 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) examines Internet Service Providers’ (ISPs) transparency — or lack thereof — around the Internet service packages they offer. Shopping for Broadband: Failed Federal Policy Creates Murky Marketplace finds that locally-controlled broadband networks are the most transparent around key service details. … Read More

Report: Implementation of the 30 Million Solar Homes Policy Platform

Date: 26 Aug 2021 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The success of the 30 Million Solar Homes proposal relies not only on the initial passing of legislation through Congress, but also the subsequent implementation of new programs and regulations. This guide aims to address that step in the process: what implementation should look like, who is responsible for critical decisions, and how those decisions are made. … Read More

Report: Minnesota Communities and Local Providers Build Diverse Solutions for Affordable, Reliable Internet Access

Date: 29 Jul 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Our new report Minnesota Broadband: Land of 10,000 Connectivity Solutions showcases the diverse range of approaches communities and local ISPs have taken to expand affordable, high-quality Internet access in Minnesota. … Read More

Report: 30 Million Solar Homes Would Create 1.77 Million Jobs, $69 Billion in Energy Savings

Date: 14 Jul 2021 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new report finds that deploying distributed solar energy to the equivalent of 30 million American homes would produce significant job-creation and economic benefits while addressing climate change and mitigating racial and income disparities.… Read More

Issue Brief: How Amazon Exploits and Undermines Small Businesses, and Why Breaking It Up Would Revive American Entrepreneurship

Date: 16 Jun 2021 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In splashy campaigns and lobbying at the Capitol, Amazon claims that it has “a mutually beneficial relationship” with the small businesses that depend on its platform. This fact sheet tells the real story, and explains what Congress needs to do. … Read More

Special Delivery: Our Report Shows How Local Delivery Services are Superior to the Big Apps

Date: 25 May 2021 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Unlike the predatory Wall Street-backed apps, local delivery services charge lower fees, support restaurants, keep wealth in the community, and demonstrate that when it comes to food delivery, local delivery models are better and more efficient.… Read More

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