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To the voting members of the United States Senatorial Investigative Council en re Microsoft The names Rockefeller Carnegie Astor Vanderbilt and Whitney are synonymous with American big business and voluminous wealth Each man not only led but dominated his industry by successfully and consistently producing the highest quality product which appealed to consumers not only practically but financially they were always one step ahead of their competition Historically Americans have always feared such domination by a single person The United States Constitution the template by which Americans function as a nation was drafted in an effort to ensure that no individual ever gains a degree of superiority Government legislation has attempted to demote if not destroy the members of Americas highest class for similar reasons The anti-monopoly laws created after the Industrial Era met Rockefeller and Carnegie and the two-and-a-half year investigation and eventual conviction of Michael Milken are both examples of the American people and their government unfairly attempting to lessen that which is not necessarily excessive and govern that which only appears to supersede legislation Today William Gates Microsoft the standard for personal computer software and operating systems around the world is under legal fire for violating anti-monopoly legislation and anti-trust rulings They have been accused of illegally and inadvertently requiring computer makers to include Microsofts Internet Explorer as part of the Windows Operating System thus creating a monopoly on the browser market The likes of Netscape America Online and smaller services such as ATT WorldCom are the victims of such requirements and have allied with the United State Senate to bring formal charges against Microsoft Monopolistic action includes but is not limited to the intentional harming of a competitor in an effort to augment ones own success Such practices have been deemed illegal by numerous legislative bodies across the country Microsoft though it does require the inclusion of its browser as part of Windows software has done absolutely nothing illegal
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