Mr. Gates Goes to Washington

(Ed. note: the malignant monopoly kills another attempt by its victims in state government to lower their costs by escaping their clutches.)

Almost immediately, the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce called Reynolds and other legislators to lobby against the bill. Reynolds asked them whom they had been talking to. They said Microsoft. After Reynolds clarified what the bill actually said, the Chamber dropped its opposition; indeed, it called back the legislators it had lobbied to say so.

The Initiative for Software Choice (ISC), a trade association with close ties to Microsoft, wrote letters to Reynolds and other legislators stating that the bill would create a climate favoring open-source software and “harm Oklahoma’s public administration, its IT industry and workers” by eliminating competition.

Responding to what seemed like a wave of opposition, the Oklahoma Senate Appropriations Committee tabled the bill.