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Encouraging rural broadband investment is the key to bridging the digital divide

By:  Tom Gurr, Executive Director, Pacific Technology Alliance

Recent advancements in technology have brought faster broadband speeds and greater capabilities for connecting to the internet. Access to high-speed internet is transformative, offering new possibilities for education, agriculture and public safety. While this progress is good, the ongoing debate over net neutrality ultimately threatens the investments that are necessary to ensure rural and other underserved communities gain access and reap all of the social and economic benefits of high-speed connectivity.

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Technology and Innovation Caucus – Lunch Discussion on Privacy & Security

Please join the Oregon Legislature’s Technology and Innovation Caucus for its first event of 2019, including a lunch discussion of modern privacy and security concerns, policy implications, and other jurisdictions’ approaches.

Technology and Innovation Caucus Lunch Discussion on Privacy & Security
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
State Capitol, Room 162
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
(Lunch provided)

GUEST SPEAKER: NANCY LIBIN

Former Chief Privacy Officer, United States Department of Justice under President Obama;

Co-Chair, Privacy & Security + Technology, Davis Wright

Roundtable Discussion: Delivering Rural Broadband in Oregon

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Access to the internet is a key economic driver for all communities. From public safety to healthcare to education, connectivity plays a critical role in our lives. Please join the conversation with United States Representative Kurt Schrader (OR5) and industry leaders to discuss the progress that is being made and the opportunities that exist in policy and technology …

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

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