Micro$oft Monitor

Published by NetAction Issue No. 24 March 2, 1998
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IN THIS ISSUE:

Microsoft Hearing Action Alert Reminder
About Micro$oft Monitor


Action Alert Reminder:
SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARING SCHEDULED FOR
TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 1998

Today is the final day to send a fax to the Senate Judiciary Committee from NetAction's fax server to request that the committee hear from consumers as well as competitors.

Send a fax now from NetAction's server, at: http://www.netaction.org/fax/.

On Tuesday, March 3, 1998, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will scrutinize Microsoft's monopoly power during a hearing on the subject of "Market Power and Structural Change in the Software Industry." Bill Gates has been invited to appear as a witness along with the CEO's of Microsoft's most vocal competitors, Scott McNeally of Sun Microsystems, Inc., and Jim Barksdale of Netscape.

NetAction is uring Internet users to keep up the pressure on our representatives in Congress in order to ensure a full review of all of Microsoft's monopolistic and anti-competitive practices. For detailed information on NetAction's concerns about Microsoft, see our White Paper, "From Microsoft Word to Microsoft World: How Microsoft is Building a Global Monopoly."

The full report is at: http://www.netaction.org/msoft/world/.

NetAction is asking everyone who is concerned about Microsoft's growing monopoly to fax and/or phone the committee to thank the members for holding the hearing and pushing for a full review of Microsoft's practices, and also to ask that more consumer voices be included in the committee's deliberations. We agree that it is important for the committee to hear from Microsoft's industry competitors. But as Internet users, we may have different -- but equally important -- concerns to share with the committee. And since U.S. antitrust laws were enacted to protect consumers, it is crucial that our voices be heard during these hearings. The Micro$oft Monitor, Issue No. 23, has more information about the March 3 hearing, as well as a complete list of committee members and their fax and phone numbers, at: http://www.netaction.org/monitor/mon23.html. NetAction has set up a fax server that Internet users can use to urge committee members to hear from consumers.

Go to: http://www.netaction.org/fax/ to send a fax now in support of NetAction's request that the committee hear from consumers.

Questions or comments? Write to Nathan Newman, NetAction's Project Director for the Consumer Choice Campaign, at: .


About The Micro$oft Monitor

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