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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 […]

April 12, 2019 in Blog by

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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 […]

January 16, 2019 in Blog by

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U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader

Name: Kurt Schrader Title: U.S. Representative from Oregon’s 5th District Biography: Congressman Kurt Schrader is currently serving his fifth term in the United States House of Representatives. He represents Oregon’s 5th Congressional District, which includes all of Marion, Polk, Lincoln and Tillamook Counties as well as the bulk of Clackamas and small portions of Multnomah […]

November 14, 2018 in Faces of Innovation by

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Roundtable Discussion: Delivering Rural Broadband in Oregon

Featuring:                                           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 […]

October 24, 2018 in Blog by

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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.  […]

July 13, 2018 in Blog by

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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. 

July 13, 2018 in Blog by

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

Name: Ajit Pai Title: Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Biography:  Ajit Pai is the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. He was designated Chairman by President Donald J. Trump in January 2017. He had previously served as Commissioner at the FCC, appointed by then-President Barack Obama and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate in May […]

July 13, 2018 in Faces of Innovation by

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Washington State Rep. Mark Harmsworth

Name: Mark Harmsworth Title: State Representative from Washington’s 44th District Biography: Mark Harmsworth joined the House of Representatives in November 2014. His work at the Legislature is focused on providing practical solutions to the public policy issues the people of the 44th District care about the most. Mark is a principled conservative. He works with colleagues on both […]

June 18, 2018 in Faces of Innovation by

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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 […]

November 6, 2017 in Blog by

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Five Ways 5G Will Change Your Life

October 18, 2017 in Blog by

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