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The folks at Google bet heavily on Hillary Clinton to win the election. They poured millions into her campaign, volunteered and hosted fundraisers as a way to show their unwavering support for her in what could have only been an effort to secure the same kind of behind-the-scenes access and influence in the next administration they have in the current one.

It was a bad bet.

Over the last eight years, Google’s had virtually unfettered access to President Obama’s administration. Company executives enjoyed lavish parties and regular contact with the highest-ranking people in the executive branch. Personnel seemingly moved from one entity to the other and back on a regular basis. More than 250 individuals have left the government for Google or vice versa during Obama’s tenure. This kind of integration with one company and the executive branch is extraordinary.

It has been the kind of relationship most corporate leaders could only dream about having. Now it’s coming to an end and, hope against hope, Google executives need to realize it’s not going to be repeated.

Throughout the Obama administration “googlers” attended White House meetings more than once a week. That includes at least 21 intimate conferences with Obama. In total, there were some 427 White House meetings, so it’s not surprising the president eventually endorsed the Federal Communications Commission’s new plan to open up the set-top box market, something industry opponents of the plan refer to as the “Google Proposal.”

It’s no wonder the company did all it could to preserve the influence it had with Obama’s people by going all-in for Clinton. As far back as 2014, the CEO of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, gave Clinton’s campaign a road map to victory. Company employees donated more than $1.3 million to her bid and, in an email WikiLeaks uncovered, Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta told Campaign Manager Robbie Mook the Alphabet CEO was wanted as “head outside advisor.”

There’s more but, unfortunately for the folks trying to game the system, the polls were wrong. All the strategic guidance, financial support and public endorsements Google gave to help catapult Clinton into the highest office in the land were for naught. President-elect Trump’s victory is something the vaunted Google algorithms failed to predict, meaning its tremendous run in Washington is about to come to a screeching halt.

It’s more likely than not the FCC will reject Chairman Tom Wheeler’s high-profile proposal to open up the $20 billion market for rented pay-TV-top boxes. According to analysts, Trump’s win increases the chances that Obama’s net neutrality rules, adopted by the FCC in early January, will be rolled back.

Google’s trying to make nice but Trump has a long memory, especially where those who opposed him are concerned. Company executives are headed to Trump Tower for a meeting, ironically enough, at the same time they’re in New York for a “thank you” event thrown by the Clinton campaign. Old habits die hard while new ones are hard to cultivate.

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The future will tell exactly what this means for the technology and telecommunications markets. One thing is certain: Greater competition and a more-level playing field in the telecommunications world are just over the horizon. That’s a win for consumers and business … except maybe for Google.

Peter Roff is a commentator on One America News Network and a former writer for United Press International. Thinking of submitting an op-ed to the Washington Examiner? Be sure to read our guidelines on submissions.

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