A look at Microsoft's grass-roots campaign against anti-trust sanctionsJul 02, 2001, 14:50 (47 Talkback[s])
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From: MSFINMicrosoftcom [mailto:MSFINMicrosoft.email@example.com] Sent: Friday, June 29, 2001 9:21 PM To: MSFINMicrosoftcom Subject: A FINFLASH FROM THE FREEDOM TO INNOVATE NETWORK A FINFLASH FROM THE FREEDOM TO INNOVATE NETWORK June 29, 2001 Dear Freedom to Innovate Network Member: When Microsoft established the Freedom to Innovate Network (FIN), a non-partisan grassroots coalition, you joined us to help advocate sound public policy that will further technological advancement and economic growth in this country. Hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens have visited the FIN website to stay informed, and have contacted public officials to defend the technology industry's freedom to innovate at http://www.freetoinnovate.com. We hope you will once again help educate public officials about the many contributions of the technology sector: providing new products at better prices, improving worker productivity and creating millions of high-paying jobs. However, the threat to the freedom to innovate and the growth of the high-tech industry have never been more serious. Although the U.S. Court of Appeals recently issued its ruling on the Microsoft case, the danger of more regulation and litigation still exists. As reported in recent articles, a few rival companies are lobbying state attorneys general and legislators to encourage more legal and regulatory action against Microsoft. These special interests are hoping once again to stop Microsoft's ability to deliver new and innovative products to consumers and businesses. These cynical efforts by a few are intended only to protect and advantage large competitors at the expense of consumers and future product innovations. Such threats of continued litigation and regulation jeopardize the freedom to innovate that has made the technology industry American's leading growth sector-and your voice has never been more important that it is right now! It's important that your elected officials hear what you think about this issue and other public policy debates. The Freedom to Innovate Network, and website at www.microsoft.com/freedomtoinnovate, give you the ability to stay informed about issues ranging from competition and intellectual property rights to privacy and taxation of the Internet-as well as the opportunity to contact your public officials to express your views. If you would like to take action to protect the freedom to innovate today, you can use the Freedom to Innovate website at http://www.freetoinnovate.com to compose a letter, fax, or email to your elected officials. Thank you again for your commitment to protect the Freedom to Innovate. Your time and effort will help to shape the future of high tech. Sincerely, Kim Sanchez Executive Director P.S. Please help us preserve the freedom to innovate by contacting your public officials TODAY!
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