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IP: Replies to DoJ's Joel Klein and breaking up Microsoft
From: Dave Farber <farber () cis upenn edu>
Date: Thu, 18 May 2000 06:12:25 -0700

Date: Thu, 18 May 2000 08:54:28 -0400
To: farber () cis upenn edu, ip-sub-1 () majordomo pobox com
From: Will Rodger <jns-rodger () home net>

Lee McKnight wrote:

Those counting on Bush to pull Microsoft out of the fire are again 
history - the Reagan White House would not touch the IBM or AT&T cases 
for fear of
the repercussions, and instead delegated to the DOJ antitrust chief to 
the telecoms and computer industries. For AT&T, a sword through the firm 
was the
instrument of choice; for IBM, only the threat was needed to gain the 
result. Want to bet that a Bush administration would not act the same as

What the next administration does isn't especially important.

The 19 states continue to press their point. Now, the case is essentially 
over; the appeals process, though lengthy, takes insignificant manpower by 

The states are more than capable of seeing this case through to the end, 
regardless of what DOJ does now or in the future. The only mystery is how 
it plays out in the courts.

Will Rodger

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