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ZDNet: Maddog's MS Justice

Jul 14, 2001, 18:00 (27 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon Hall)

Jon "Maddog" Hall speaks out on the recent Microsoft ruling:

"Most Americans don't seem to understand that acceptable--not necessarily moral or fair--practices can be legal when a company owns only a small percentage of the marketplace; but they become illegal when that company grows beyond a rather hazy boundary.

Microsoft is so far over this boundary that drastic action must now be taken. The action we choose to take is where the difference of opinion lies. (Judge Jackson did a fine job of detailing this idea.)

In this light, it's ironic that AT&T and Time-Warner were not allowed to complete their merger because it would have given them control of 40 percent of the broadband marketplace. Yet no one regulates Microsoft, which controls more than twice that percentage of the desktop space."

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