No Monopolies, Please We're European

The EU's antitrust czar takes a hard-line approach to high tech

It was high courtroom drama. At stake was WorldCom Inc.'s proposed $37 billion takeover of MCI and the new telecom giant's control over cyberspace. Vint Cerf, the Internet's spiritual father, testified. Scores of high-powered lawyers made theatrical presentations. "It was like Perry Mason," recalls one lawyer in attendance on May 23-24. "We were deciding the entire future regulatory framework for the Internet."

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