Write a one page response to the following statement:
“U.S. regulators should enforce antitrust laws against the Microsoft Corporation.”
Begin a response to this statement with your assertion – Agree or Disagree – then provide reasoning to support your assertion.
In this assignment you should explain why the Justice Department filed an antitrust suit against Microsoft. What are the major issues involved? What is the basis for antitrust action in general (see Chapter 25 of your textbook), and what are the specific conditions that led to this action by the government? You should also briefly explain Microsoft’s defense. Then, you should explain which position you agree with and why, making sure to support your argument. Here are a couple of links that could help you write the paper:
1. Summary of issues involved: http://www.businessweek.com/1997/48/b3555115.htm
2. Consumer Federation of America’s report on the case (see the discussion starting on page 10 for information on how consumers could be hurt without antitrust protection): http://www.consumerfed.org/elements/www.consumerfed.org/file/other/antitrustpr.pdf
3. Academic paper on the case (see the section on Microsoft’s defense): http://www.stern.nyu.edu/networks/Microsoft_Antitrust.final.pdf
Please let me know if you have any questions.