450,000 Reasons Google Supports Net Neutrality

The nation’s premier supporter of network neutralityââ?¬â??because it supposedly would protect the Internet for the “little guy”ââ?¬â??maintains more than 450,000 web servers in 25 locations across the country. And even that estimate was a “best guess” in a fascinating report about Google’s ambitions in The New York Times June 14. The article, by John Markoff and Saul Hansell, examines a huge data center Google has quietly set up in The Dalles, Ore., and provides an illuminating look at how Google, along with Microsoft and Yahoo, are rapidly expanding their own Internet operations. It deserves reading by anyone with an opinion on network neutrality. “And odd as it may seem, the barren desert land surrounding the Columbia along the Oregon-Washington border ââ?¬â?? at the intersection of cheap electricity and readily accessible data networking ââ?¬â?? is the backdrop for a multibillion-dollar face-off among Google, Microsoft and Yahoo that will determine dominance in the online world in the years ahead,” the authors write.

Steven Titch served as a policy analyst at Reason Foundation from 2004 to 2013.

Titch's work primarily focused on telecommunications, the Internet and new media. He is a former managing editor of InfoTech & Telecom News (IT&T News) published by the Heartland Institute. His columns have appeared in Investor's Business Daily, Total Telecom, and America's Network, among others.

Prior to joining Reason in 2004, Titch covered the telecommunications industry as a journalist for more than two decades. Titch was director of editorial projects for Data Communications magazine where he directed content development for supplemental publications and special projects. He has also held the positions of editorial director of Telephony, editor of Global Telephony magazine, Midwest bureau chief of CommunicationsWeek, and associate editor-communications at Electronic News.

Outside of the telecom industry, Titch conducted rich media and content development for publishers and corporate marketing groups. He has also developed and launched his own web-based media, including, an on-line resource for the security industry.

Titch graduated cum laude from Syracuse University with a dual degree in journalism and English.