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For immediate release -- Wednesday, May 10, 2000.
Contact: Bob Brammer, 515-281-6699

Statement of Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller on Microsoft's Proposed Remedies

Attorney General Miller is head of the Microsoft Working Group of Nineteen States and the District of Columbia.

The remedies proposed are inadequate. These measures would not have prevented the serious violations of law found by Judge Jackson, and they are not adequate remedies to assure that the law is not broken in the future.

The States also believe this case should continue to move steadily ahead to a conclusion and not be derailed or dragged out by Microsoft. Judge Jackson has set exactly the right tone and pace, moving ahead carefully and thoroughly, but swiftly. That is in the interest of consumers and basic justice in this matter.

We stand by our proposed remedies, which call for both restrictions on Microsoft's anti-competitive conduct and a reorganization of the company. Our proposal represents measured relief that will spark competition through innovation and price competition. Our proposed remedies truly are remedies - effective measures to prevent Microsoft's serious violations of the law as found by the Judge, and practical means to promote competition and fairness, innovation, choice, and the best prices for consumers.

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