Micro$oft Monitor

Published by NetAction Issue No. 6 July 26, 1997
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IN THIS ISSUE:

Visit Congress Sept. 15
About Micro$oft Monitor


Join NetAction in a Visit to Congress on September 15

With the help of several dedicated volunteers, NetAction is arranging for a group of concerned Internet users to visit Congress and explain to our representatives why Microsoft's move to monopolize cyberspace is a threat to consumers. We invite you to join us in Washington, D.C., on Monday, September 15, 1997, to tell Congress, "Don't Be Soft On Microsoft!"

So circle the date on your calendar, and visit the NetAction web site to register as a participant.

Right now, only a few members of Congress really understand the Internet, and even fewer understand why Microsoft is a threat to the Net's continued growth and development. Since we can't rely on the Justice Department to stop the Microsoft monopoly, we must educate Congress about Microsoft's threat and convince our representatives to put pressure on the Justice Department to vigorously enforce the laws intended to protect competition. As a start, we will be asking Congress to hold public hearings so that consumer concerns about Microsoft will be on the record.

But we need your help. Congress needs to hear from real people -- Internet users like you who understand the Microsoft threat and can talk about your own experiences with Microsoft products. Participants will spend the day visiting their representatives and other key members of Congress.

Even if you've never done anything like this before, you can do it. NetAction will provide you with background material to hand out to your representatives, buttons to wear during your visits, and a brief lesson in lobbying techniques to help you communicate effectively with your representatives.

If enough of us speak out, Congress will listen and the Microsoft monopoly will be stopped! So please plan to join us in Washington, D.C., on September 15, for a visit to Congress.

We will soon have information about travel and hotel accommodations for those who need it. Meanwhile, you can register to participate at www.netaction.org/lobby-form.html.

Questions? Call NetAction at 415-775-8674, or write to: .


About The Micro$oft Monitor

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