Micro$oft Monitor

Published by NetAction Issue No. 17 November 5, 1997
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What's Next?

NetAction volunteer Marissa Valeri attended Tuesday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing and sent in the following brief report:

On Tuesday, November 4, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on competition, innovation and public policy in the digital age. Many felt that the hearing would provide a forum for the committee to present their opinions on Microsoft and the current actions of the Department of Justice. Committee chairman Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) is an outspoken critic of Microsoft, yet as the hearing began, he made it clear that the focus of the hearing would not be Microsoft, but rather how, if at all, to enforce antitrust and intellectual property laws on the Internet.

The hearing began with both Senator Hatch and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) extolling the virtues of the Internet. Several witnesses were called, and most of them included critical comments about Microsoft in their testimony. The witnesses included:

Tuesday's hearing is the first of a series of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on this topic.

From Marissa Valeri, Washington, D.C.

Micro$oft Monitor readers are urged to contact Senators Hatch (202-224-5251) and Leahy (202-224-4242) to thank them for holding this series of hearings and to urge them to include consumer testimony in future hearings.

Other key members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to contact about the need for consumer testimony in future hearings are:

Strom Thurmond, R-SC202-224-5972
Edward Kennedy, D-MA202-224-4543
Joseph Biden, D-DE202-224-5042
Charles Grassley, R-IA202-224-3744
Herbert Kohl, D-WI202-224-5653

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