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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 …

Clinton and Trump Agree on the Importance of Broadband Connectivity

We’re now less than a month away from the Presidential election.  For the past several months, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been vying for the White House and exchanging blows on everything from their personal lives to foreign policy to healthcare.

However, amidst the political theater of the election, one thing that has caught the attention of the technology industry has been the talk — and lack of bickering — about each’s candidate’s plans to expand broadband opportunities to …

Now Hiring: 4 Innovative Companies Creating Jobs in Portland, Oregon Today

Supporting startup and innovation-led businesses is essential to creating a healthy 21st-century economy. While small groups of innovators, funded by outside support from investors might not seem to be economic powerhouses at first glance, attracting these businesses to the Silicon Forest can help us create a strong innovation economy for years to come.

It’s easy to see the impact that major tech companies like Microsoft, e-Bay or Hewlett-Packard have on regional employment, but it’s more difficult to point …

PacTech hosts U.S. Rep. Suzan Del Bene for Internet of Things roundtable discussion

PacTech recently hosted U.S. Representative Suzan Del Bene for a roundtable discussion with local tech, civic and business community leaders at the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Our discussion centered on the emergence of the “Internet of Things,” (sometimes called IoT) and featured three local companies that are becoming leaders in the space: IoT Technology Systems, Buddy and Kymeta.

As often happens during these discussions, the topic of conversation quickly turned to public policy. Rep. Del Bene is a …

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