After months of political farce in Washington, the battle to contain big technology companies has finally fired its first shot. With the support of Republican attorneys general of 11 states, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Google this week, ending years of inaction by US antitrust authorities. < / P > < p > the lawsuit was strongly supported by the company’s opponents. It was launched with rare bipartisan political support, reflecting a cautious legal strategy aimed at maximizing the odds of success and as the first part of a broader legal campaign against Google and other large technology companies. < / P > < p > however, it is only after the US election that Washington’s willingness to really challenge big technology companies becomes apparent. But Washington’s broad political support for this week’s action has laid the groundwork for other cases against large technology companies. The Federal Trade Commission has been working with several States to investigate Facebook, and people involved in the case expect the case to be filed by the end of this year. Meanwhile, federal investigators are investigating Amazon and apple. < / P > < p > the lawsuit against Google is not an ambitious attempt to cross the boundaries of antitrust law, as some critics of digital giants would like. On the contrary, the US Department of justice has chosen a more limited, traditional antitrust action, which many lawyers believe is a better bet. < / P > < p > it is almost certain that there will be further lawsuits against Google. Some state lawmakers said on Tuesday that they plan to file their own lawsuits in the coming weeks, which is likely to be added to the federal lawsuit. Most observers expect that the scope of the case will be further expanded as the pre-trial phase continues. However, Roger McNamee, a well-known technology investor, said it was “too early” to know whether a break-up of Google or other technology companies would receive political support from Washington. < / P > < p > however, although the final result may be years away, this week’s lawsuit shows that some profound changes have taken place in the antitrust field of the United States. [image] Google secretly tests 6GHz networks in 17 states of the United States