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Washington State Leading the Charge in Rural Broadband Month

By:  Tom Gurr, Executive Director, Pacific Technology Alliance

The Federal Communications Commission named August “Rural Broadband Month,” providing an opportunity for

people all around the nation to focus on this vitally important issue and Washington State has certainly been taking note. Earlier this month, PacTech held a roundtable discussion featuring US Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Washington State Representative Mary Dye on the importance of delivering broadband to rural Washington.  Last week, PacTech partnered with the Pasco Chamber of Commerce …

Please Join Us for a Roundtable Discussion on Delivering Broadband to Rural Washington

State bill on internet privacy would result in confusion

PacTech Executive Director Tom Gurr recently weighed in on the negative impact HB 2200 would have on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and consumers.  In his letter published in the HearaldNet, Gurr says,

“If adopted, House Bill 2200 would create new restrictions that would apply to ISPs, but not content providers who have more access to consumer information. They would be allowed to continue to collect and utilize information as before. This arrangement would leave consumers unsure of what their protections

Why Washington Can’t Afford to Lead the Nation in Wireless Taxes

Washington State is the proud leader in many things: the number one producer of apples in the U.S., home of the first Starbucks, the leading lumber producer in the U.S. However, we are also number one in taxes on wireless service.

Recently, the Tax Foundation released its annual report revealing that U.S. wireless customers pay over $17 billion in taxes and government fees each year, a 4.5 percentage point increase from a decade ago.  Unfortunately, WA has taken the top …

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