Broadband On Trial

As the antitrust trial of the century moves to its endgame, the real action--as Microsoft sees it--is the tug-of-war with America Online for high-speed access to the Internet

You must forgive Bill Gates if he's feeling a bit paranoid this week. By a brutal coincidence, his firm faces the unenviable task of defending itself in four different courtrooms simultaneously. Tiny software companies in Utah and Connecticut are taking Microsoft to task for its strong-arm operating-system tactics. Over in California, larger rival Sun Microsystems wants to save its Java programming language from Microsoft "pollution." And oh, yeah, there's the small matter of the antitrust trial, resuming Tuesday in Washington, where Justice Department lawyers are set to wheel out their biggest gun yet, an executive from IBM, the first computer manufacturer...

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