A look at Microsoft's grass-roots campaign against anti-trust sanctions
Jul 02, 2001, 14:50 (47 Talkback[s])
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From: MSFINMicrosoftcom [mailto:MSFINMicrosoft.firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, June 29, 2001 9:21 PM
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.
P.S. Please help us preserve the freedom to innovate by contacting your public officials TODAY!