The influential US Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) has stepped into the legal battle between the US Justice Department and Microsoft, throwing its weight behind attempts to penalise the software supplier.
The Justice Department has filed a suit asking that Microsoft be found in contempt of a consent decree by allegedly forcing PC suppliers to distribute its Internet Explorer browser with any machine running Windows 95.
Ed Black, CCIA president, said action had to be taken against the company. "As an advocate for the industry, we believe it is in the best interest of competition, consumer choice and the future of the Internet that Microsoft be prohibited from making these restrictive and anti-competitive licensing agreements with manufacturers."
He pointed out that the CCIA has had to take similar action in the past against other suppliers, citing IBM and AT&T as examples. "CCIA agrees with Justice that by forcing the IT browser to be combined with its dominant Windows operating system, Microsoft could unfairly undermine competition," he added.
He went on: "The action requested by the Justice Department will allow PC manufacturers to choose freely among competing Internet browsers - thereby establishing a more level playing field between Microsoft and its competitors."
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