CCIA Seeks to Intervene in Microsoft Settlement Hearing

Justice Department, Microsoft want rubber stamp, not public participation Washington, DC – The court overseeing the proposed Microsoft antitrust settlement must hear directly from outside parties before it approves the deal, the Computer & Communications Industry Association said in a filing to Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly today. “More than 15,000 people told the Justice Department they…

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CCIA Opposes Speech Restrictions on the Internet

Washington, DC – A proposed addition to an international computer crime treaty endangers free speech and could impose broad liability on Internet service providers and websites if ratified, the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) said today. CCIA President Ed Black joined a broad coalition of, businesses, industry associations, and civil liberties groups in sending…

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Treasury, IRS Announce Efforts to Expand Tax E-Filing

Washington, DC – The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service today announced an initiative to expand electronic filing opportunities for taxpayers. The announcement was made as part of the Administration’s “e-Government Quicksilver Program,” which is intended to modernize government and improve the Federal government’s service to the citizen. Ed Black, President and CEO of the…

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Microsoft/DOJ Settlement Clouded by Unprecedented Lobbying

Journalist Concludes is Reward for Political Efforts Washington, DC – Microsoft has engaged in a “pattern and practice of political influence peddling in many ways unprecedented in modern political history,” independent journalist and consultant Edward Roeder told the court overseeing the Microsoft antitrust trial today. The independent submission, filed as part of Tunney Act proceedings…

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Microsoft Rebuffed in Quest for Further Delay

Washington, DC- The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) sharply criticized today’s efforts by Microsoft to further delay the imposition of a remedy in the Government’s successful antitrust case against the company. After considering each of Microsoft’s arguments, District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly found them without merit and rejected their request. Two years ago, a Federal…

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GAO Blasts USPS E-Commerce Initiatives

Washington, DC- The U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) released a report this week harshly criticizing the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) management, accounting, and operation of its Internet-related ventures. The report was conducted in response to a request by Senator Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi). Among the findings of the GAO: USPS continues to have difficulty defining and…

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