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Congress Letter

Congress Letter

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Published by: Dan Cooper on Jun 13, 2012
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Re:CertainGamingEntemainmentCansoies,RelatedSoftware.andComponentsThereof
investigationNo.337-TA~‘752
DearChafirmanOkun:
Wearewritingtoshareourviawsinconnectionwitfiapendinginvestigationbeforethe
lntematianaiTradeCommissionregardingMicrosoffsmnovativeXbox360ccmsoie.Ferthe
reascmsdiscussedbelow,weencourageyoutocunsiderthepotentiaiharmtathepubiicinterestaf
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jobsandcontinuedaconomicgmwthinWashingtcmandthroughoutthenation.TheMinrosoft
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