Micro$oft Monitor

Published by NetAction Issue No. 19 November 24, 1997
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Action Alert: Senate Hearing
Online Petition
About Micro$oft Monitor

Judiciary Committee Hearing Scheduled For Early December

Fax or phone committee members to urge an investigation of Microsoft

Send a fax to Chairman Orrin Hatch from NetAction's fax server, at: http://www.netaction.org/fax/.

The last few weeks have seen an exciting increase in momentum for challenging the Microsoft monopoly and ensuring open Internet standards. This momentum has included the Justice Department's petition for sanctions for violations of the 1995 consent decree, the ensuing media attention to Microsoft's activities, a Senate Judiciary Committee inquiry into Microsoft's anti-competitive practices, Ralph Nader's Appraising Microsoft conference in Washington, D.C., and the release of NetAction's comprehensive report on Microsoft's economic strategy for monopoly: http://www.netaction.org/msoft/world/.

But in order to succeed in stopping the Microsoft monopoly, we must keep up the pressure on our representatives in Congress by urging them to follow through on their inquiry into Microsoft's anti-competitive practices and consider all potential legal and legislative actions to ensure consumer choice in Internet access, content, and commerce.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled another hearing to examine antitrust issues in the computer industry, and we need your help ensure that they hear from consumers and conduct a thorough examination of Microsoft's activities.

NetAction has set up a fax server to help you convey your concerns about Microsoft to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and to urge committee members to support our recommendations for restraining Microsoft's anti-competitive practices. Go to: http://www.netaction.org/fax/ to send a fax now to Chairman Orrin Hatch.

Phone and fax numbers for all of the committee members are listed below. If you live in a state represented by any of the Senators listed below, we urge you to fax or phone the Senator from your state and urge them to use the upcoming hearing to investigate Microsoft.

Committee members and their phone and fax numbers are:

Chairman & Ranking Member:Phone:Fax:
Orrin G. Hatch, Utah, Chairman(202) 224-5251(202) 224-6331
Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont(202) 224-4242N/A **

** Senator Leahy does not have a publicly available fax number. He can be reached by phone, or you may prefer to copy and paste the letter on our fax server page and send it to him by E-mail .

Strom Thurmond, South Carolina(202) 224-5972(202) 224-1300
Charles E. Grassley, Iowa(202) 224-3744(202) 224-6020
Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania(202) 224-4254(202) 228-1229
Fred Thompson, Tennessee(202) 224-4944(202) 228-3679
Jon Kyl, Arizona(202) 224-4521(202) 228-1239
Mike DeWine, Ohio(202) 224-2315(202) 224-6519
John Ashcroft, Missouri(202) 224-6154(202) 228-0998
Spencer Abraham, Michigan(202) 224-4822(202) 224-8834
Jeff Sessions, Alabama(202) 224-4124(202) 224-3149
Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts(202) 224-4543(202) 224-2417
Joseph R.Biden, Jr., Delaware(202) 224-5042(202) 224-0139
Herb Kohl, Wisconsin(202) 224-5653(202) 224-9787
Dianne Feinstein, California(202) 224-3841(202) 228-4741
Russell D. Feingold, Wisconsin(202) 224-5323(202) 224-2725
Richard Durbin, Illinois(202) 224-2152(202) 228-0400
Robert Torricelli, New Jersey(202) 224-3224(202) 224-8567

This is a critical time in our campaign, so we urge you to take a few minutes, use the NetAction fax server, and/or call the Senate Judiciary committee members.

Online Petition

The Anti-Micro$oft Association has initiated an E-mail petition to demonstrate that there is consumer support for computer manufacturers who stand up to Microsoft's threat to revoke their license to install Windows 95 unless they also install the Internet Explorer icon on the desktop before shipping the computers to retail outlets.

The petition is at: http://machcu.home.ml.org/petition.html. (NOTE: This URL is no longer valid as of 05/23/2001.)

About The Micro$oft Monitor

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