Micro$oft Monitor

Published by NetAction Issue No. 11 September 18, 1997
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IN THIS ISSUE:

Congress is Concerned
Last Chance to Fax Congress
About Micro$oft Monitor


Congress is Concerned

NetAction volunteers who visited Congress Monday were pleased to hear that Microsoft's anti-consumer activities will be scrutinized by the Antitrust Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee as part of a hearing scheduled to examine competition and antitrust enforcement issues in the computer industry. Joel A. Christie, Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, told a group of NetAction volunteers that the Antitrust Subcommittee is very interested in hearing from consumers when the Subcommittee meets to explore whether the computer industry has become too concentrated.

Although a specific date for the hearing has not been set, Christie said it will take place later this fall or early next year. At Christie's request, NetAction will provide a list of suggested witnesses for the hearing and help the Subcommittee staff identify consumer concerns that need to be examined.

The Antitrust Subcommittee is chaired by Senator Mike DeWine (R-OH), and the ranking member is Senator Herbert Kohl (D-WI). Residents of Ohio and Wisconsin are urged to contact these Senators and thank them for their interest in consumer concerns about Microsoft. Contact them by phone or E-email.

Senator DeWine:
Phone: 202-224-2315
 
Senator Kohl:
Phone: 202-224-5653

On the House side of Capitol Hill, the House Judiciary Committee has a hearing scheduled for November 5, 1997, to examine antitrust issues in general. But Joseph Gibson, Chief Antitrust Counsel for the Committee, said there has been no decision yet about whether or not to examine Microsoft's monopoly activities as part of that hearing.

Calls and faxes from NetAction supporters in Illinois and Michigan are urgently needed to help convince the House Judiciary Committee to examine the Microsoft monopoly as part of that hearing. The Committee is chaired by Illinois Rep. Henry J. Hyde (R-6th), and the ranking member is Michigan Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-14th).

There is still time to send a fax to Rep. Hyde or Rep. Conyers from the NetAction Web site http://www.netaction.org/fax/. Fax and phone numbers are:

Rep. Henry J. Hyde:
Phone: 202-225-4561
Fax: 202-225-1166
 
Rep. John Conyers, Jr.:
Phone: 202-225-5126
Fax: 202-225-0072

NetAction volunteers who visited with representatives from their home states on Monday found that many were receptive to their concerns about Microsoft. Thanks to all who participated, in person and via our Virtual Speak Out on the Web site, Congress is listening!


Last Chance to Fax Congress

Friday, Sept. 19, 1997, is the final day of NetAction's Virtual Speak Out. If you haven't already sent a fax to your representatives in Congress in support of hearings on Microsoft, do it today!

To participate in the Virtual Speak Out, visit NetAction's Web site http://www.netaction.org/fax/ and send a fax to one or more of your representatives in Congress.

It's easy to participate. You'll find a letter on NetAction's Web site, along with instructions on how to send the fax. If you support NetAction's request for Congressional hearings, we hope you'll take a moment to fax the letter to your representatives. Remember that you have two Senators and one Representative. We encourage you to send separate faxes to each of your representatives.


About The Micro$oft Monitor

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