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NetAction's comments on the proposed Microsoft settlement

NetAction's response to DOJ/Microsoft reply to our initial comments

That pesky "illegal operation" notice in the Windows operating system could easily be applied to the Justice Department's proposed settlement of the Microsoft antitrust case. The nine State Attorneys General who are opposing the settlement summed up its shortcomings in a single sentence:

"Nothing in the text of this agreement forces Microsoft to change its business practices and technical implementations in the least."

In fact, the proposed settlement would allow Microsoft to continue the very practices that led to its domination of the personal computer industry. It would not end the monopoly, prevent Microsoft from benefiting economically from its anti-competitive practices or prevent the company from behaving like a monopoly in the future. If the proposed settlement is approved, Microsoft's operating system monopoly will become even more deeply entrenched, enabling the company to expand its control over the Internet.

The settlement is clearly not in the public's interest. We've highlighted some of the key problems below:

Details about the proposed settlement and instructions on how to file comments are on the DOJ web site at: http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/cases/ms-settle.htm#docs.

Comments should be addressed to:

Renata B. Hesse
Antitrust Division
U.S. Department of Justice
601 D Street NW
Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Submission of comments by email is preferred.

Email address:

Fax: 202-307-1454 or 202-616-9937


To help encourage Internet users to speak out against the proposed settlement, NetAction has introduced this updated version of our popular Billyfish icon. Help us spread the word that Microsoft's monopoly can still be stopped by displaying our updated Billyfish icon on web sites, and forwarding this URL to other concerned Internet users.

Put the Billyfish on your page! Here's how:

<P><A HREF="http://www.netaction.org/msoft/winfish2.html">
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ALT="M$ fish eating up all the little companies" BORDER="0"></A></P>

<P><A HREF="http://www.netaction.org/msoft/winfish2.html">
<IMG SRC="http://www.netaction.org/msoft/winfish2sm.gif"
ALT="M$ fish eating up all the little companies" BORDER="0"></A></P>

Here's what happens (click on the fish):

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