US Report: Microsoft EU exemption opposed

The Computer and Communications Industry Association announced on Friday that it has filed comments with the European Commission opposing Microsoft's attempt to win an exemption from competition law.

Microsoft is attempting to win an exemption for its Internet Explorer licensing agreements with four European Internet service providers, the association said in a statement.

"Exclusive dealing and preferential treatment are the essence of the Microsoft contracts in question," said association President Ed Black. Black said that the contracts restrict the ability of the ISPs to "freely decide how to promote Microsoft's Web browser and any other competing Web browser."

CCIA is an international association of providers of computer hardware and software. Its comments were filed with the European Commission's directorate-general for competition.