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M$ Monitor: [Net]escaping IE, and more

  The Micro$oft Monitor
  Published by NetAction          Issue No. 5                    July 1, 1997	
  Repost where appropriate. Copyright and subscription info at end of message.
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  In This Issue:
  [Net]Escaping IE
  Senators Step In
  Beyond U.S. Borders
  About The Micro$oft Monitor
  [Net]escaping IE
  If you can't get your PC to stick with Netscape Navigator as your preferred
  Web browser, NetAction wants to hear from you.  At a recent conference at
  the University of California at Berkeley, antitrust attorney Gary Reback
  demonstrated how newer versions of Windows 95 continue to open Web sites
  with Microsoft's Internet Explorer even after the user has selected Netscape
  Navigator as the default browser. 
  If this has happened to you, NetAction would like to hear from you as soon
  as possible, by E-mail at: akrause@igc.org, or by phone at 415-775-8674. 
  Senators Step In
  Last week, three members of the U.S. Senate asked the Federal Trade
  Commission (FTC) to take back responsibility for the government's
  investigation into Microsoft antitrust violations.  The investigation was
  initiated by the FTC in 1990 but was transferred to the Department of
  Justice (DOJ) when the FTC's four sitting Commissioners deadlocked in 1993
  over how to proceed with the case.
  Although Justice officials signed a consent decree with Microsoft in 1994,
  industry complaints of anti-competitive practices have continued.  Now that
  there are five Commissioners at the FTC, many Washington insiders want the
  investigation returned to the FTC because of the agency's stronger track
  record on antitrust enforcement.
  Both the FTC and DOJ have authority to initiate antitrust action, but
  neither agency will investigate a company that is under investigation by the
  other agency.
  The request to transfer the investigation from Justice to the FTC was made
  by Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., in a June 25 letter co-signed by Sens. Ted
  Stevens, R-Alaska, and Craig Thomas, R-Wyoming.  Burns indicated that he had
  received complaints about the investigation from a number of companies.
  Stevens and Burns serve on the communications subcommittee of the Senate
  Commerce Committee.
  Two days later, Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Wash., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.,
  circulated a letter to their Senate colleagues urging them not to sign
  Burns' letter and defending Justice's efforts.
  Consumer pressure is needed now to convince other senators to join Burns,
  Stevens, and Thomas in urging that the case be transferred.  Please call
  your senators today.  Tell them that the Justice Department is soft on
  Microsoft, and urge them to support Senator Burns' request to transfer the
  case back to the FTC. 
  It's especially important that residents of Washington and Arizona ask
  Senators Gorton and McCain to retract their June 27 letter urging Senate
  colleagues not to sign the Burns' letter.  Residents of Montana, Wyoming,
  and Alaska should thank Senators Burns, Thomas and Stevens for their efforts!
  All Senators can be reached through the Congressional switchboard:
  Phone: 202-224-3121  
  If you're not sure who your Senators are, check the online Congressional
  directory, at:
  Beyond U.S. Borders
  Complaints about Microsoft's anti-competitive activities aren't limited to
  the United States, even though the company is subject to this nation's
  antitrust laws.  Since launching the Consumer Choice Campaign, NetAction has
  heard from concerned cyber-consumers in Canada, the United Kingdom, and
  Australia who want to mobilize within their own borders to pressure
  regulatory authorities to stop the Microsoft monopoly.  
  Since several individuals have asked NetAction for assistance in contacting
  other consumers who share their concerns, NetAction will serve as a
  clearinghouse for cyber-consumers who want to mobilize in other nations.  If
  you are a resident of a nation other than the U.S., and you would like to be
  in contact with other cyber-consumers in your country who want to mobilize
  against Microsoft, send an E-mail message to NetAction (akrause@igc.org).
  We will send you back a list with the names and E-mail addresses of others
  in your nation who are interested in mobilizing to stop the Microsoft monopoly.
  About The Micro$oft Monitor
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