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Fast, reliable internet is key to rural economic success

By:  Tom Gurr, Executive Director, Pacific Technology Alliance

On June 23rd, I had the opportunity to attend a meeting in Weston, OR with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and U.S. Congressman Greg Walden.  The focus of conversation was on closing the digital divide between rural and urban areas, and the best policies to make that happen.  This is particularly important for areas like Eastern Oregon, as the state ranks 25th nationally in connectivity and is 14 percent underserved — much higher

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Bridging the Digital Divide

Late last month, I attended an event in Eastern Oregon with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and US Congressman Greg Walden (OR-2) to discuss the importance of rural broadband deployment and adoption.  Below, Chairman Pai speaks to why closing the digital divide is a top priority at the FCC. 

Rural broadband must remain a top priority

By:  Tom Gurr, Executive Director, Pacific Technology Alliance
I recently hosted a round-table discussion of rural connectivity with U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnyside, in Pasco. At the event, we discussed the challenges many local businesses, farmers, schools and consumers face when connecting to the Internet.

It’s worth pointing out that, while Washington is considered the 14th most connected state in the nation, Benton and Franklin counties remain in the bottom tier of rural counties served, according to broadbandnow.com/Washington. As …

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