In senate hearings, competitors lied, stating that Google was there first and thus was a monopoly with which others could not compete. That is clearly false as the first search engines appeared in 1993 and Google did not start up until 1998. I can remember using Mamma.com (1996) and Altavista (1995) before I used Google. I remember M$ and others making fun of Google for “free search”.
“In the seven years after Google’s founding in 1998, Microsoft stock did not increase in value at all. During that same period, Google shares came to be worth more than $80 billion.
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates talked often about what his company would deliver in future versions of Windows, and how it would eventually crush and trump Google as it had others before.
The more Gates talked, the less realistic he sounded. In the fall of 2004, Microsoft secretly planned a major announcement concerning a search engine of its own in test form. The headline-grabbing news it wanted to unveil was that its search engine had crawled five billion documents on the Internet, besting the comprehensiveness of Google’s index, which had four billion. But a few hours before Microsoft released news about its purported triumph, Google announced that it had doubled its own index to eight billion Web pages, encompassing virtually the entire known Web and surpassing anything anyone else had done. Google posted the new page count on its homepage, in the spirit of Space Race the McDonald’s signs showing the number of “Billions Served.” Microsoft, caught flat-footed and red-faced, was once again seen as a laggard in a race with Google.”
see “The Google Story“
“the most ridiculous testimony came from Thomas Barnett, a lawyer for Covington & Burling, who was representing a bunch of Google competitors who put together an operation called FairSearch. When asked about whether or not Google was a monopoly player, Barnett flat out lied, claiming that Google is dominant and can’t be unseated “because it got there first.” “
see How Quickly We Forget: Google’s Competitors Falsely Claim Google Dominates Because It Was ‘First’
What’s the penalty for lying to the US Senate?
see also Google’s side of things