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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 …

August 28, 2017 in Articles, Blog, Featured Story by

Sen. Wyden’s impact unsung in Telecom Act’s 20th anniversary

By: Tom Gurr, Executive Director, PacTech

It’s been 20 years since Congress created the Telecommunications Act of 1996—a massive legislative effort that was crafted to overhaul regulation of our phone and Internet infrastructure. In those 20 years, the Internet has evolved from a cutting edge tool to a ubiquitous and powerful force that’s a part of everyday life.

Although the times have changed dramatically, one of the key players has remained the same. In 1996, now Senator Ron Wyden was …

February 18, 2016 in Articles, Blog, Featured Story by

Around the Web: Cybercriminal or Ethical Hacker?

By: Tom Gurr, Executive Director, PacTech

Working with both policy and technology can sometimes be a double-edged sword. In working to create policy that encourages innovation and job creation, it’s easy to become overzealous. When this happens, policy (and policymakers) can have the opposite effect of what they’ve intended–hampering the innovation and curbing the job creation that they’ve tried to support.

Perhaps the most important piece of this puzzle is the patience and willingness to listen with which lawmakers enter …

January 20, 2016 in Articles, Blog, Featured Story by

PacTech applauds Sen. Wyden’s leadership on ITFA renewal

By: Tom Gurr, Executive Director, PacTech

I think we entered the Age of the Internet a long time ago.
We live in the age of the Internet. It almost goes without saying that Internet is central to our daily lives. Connectivity is a seemingly seamless part of our existence. Today it would be hard to imagine a world where the Internet isn’t at the center of everything from healthcare and education to the business world. The Internet is at once …

May 15, 2015 in Articles, Blog, Broadband Revolution, Featured Story, Internet Tax Moratorium, Local Taxes & Regulations, Next Generation Networks, Opinions, Other Technologies, RFID, Rural Access, Smart Networks, Spectrum, Uncategorized, Wireless Explosion by

FCC’s decision has far reaching impacts

BY: TOM GURR

The ink, as they say, isn’t yet dry on the FCC’s decision to apply outdated, sweeping regulations to the internet. But unfortunately, last week’s vote on the so-called “net neutrality” debate may have already sealed the fate of hundreds of innovative companies that depend on the internet to create jobs and drive our regional economy.

Reputable research has found that applying antiquated regulations to the internet will jeopardize investment in our networks. As we move further in …

March 6, 2015 in Articles, Blog, Broadband Revolution, Events, Featured Story, Internet Tax Moratorium, Next Generation Networks, Opinions, Rural Access, Smart Networks, Wireless Explosion by

The Open Internet: A Light Approach is the Right Approach

BY: TOM GURR

So far, the FCC has received a record-setting 3 million comments on the Open Internet proceeding; the Commission will take these comments into account as they decide on rules that will impact the continued growth of the Internet. And just a few weeks ago, the Internet surpassed a major landmark: There are now over a billion websites, up from just one in 1991.

These astounding numbers reveal the value Internet users and innovators place on what …

October 27, 2014 in Articles, Blog, Broadband Revolution, Featured Story, Local Taxes & Regulations, Next Generation Networks, Opinions, Rural Access by

Simple Rules Will Ensure Auction Success, Consumer Benefits

BY: TOM GURR

Next time you’re out in public, take a good look around. I see the tops of heads as much as I see faces – many are gazing down into the device in their hands. The speed at which wireless innovations have become indispensable is astonishing because the technology evolves even while our dependence on it is increasingly commonplace. Face it, we’re hooked. No matter where we are, we want the reliable speeds and coverage we need to …

May 14, 2014 in Articles, Blog, Featured Story, Spectrum, Wireless Explosion by

NEWS ALERT: FCC Decision Blazes Path toward High-Speed Broadband Networks

News Alert: FCC Decision Blazes Path toward Transitioning the Nation to Advanced
High-Speed Broadband Networks


Last week, the FCC took a bold step toward a future of robust connectivity, innovation and more choices for consumers. The agency’s decision to begin beta testing the shift to advanced high-speed Internet-based networks is the first step in upgrading our country’s communications infrastructure. The ultimate result of this process? Universal broadband connectivity offering consumer benefits—more choices and enhanced capabilities—that can change the face

February 12, 2014 in Articles, Blog, Broadband Revolution, Featured Story, Next Generation Networks, Rural Access, Smart Networks, Spectrum, Wireless Explosion by

Pacific Technology Alliance and Partners Talk mHealth, Public Safety Innovations: Modern Regulations Supporting Advanced Broadband Networks Deliver Unforeseen Possibilities

What a week for the Pacific Northwest! Not only did the Seattle Seahawks soar their way to their first Super Bowl win ever (GO HAWKS!), but the tech scene hit major milestones as well. Twitter reported a record 24.9 million tweets about the game posted during the telecast, with hashtags included in an unprecedented majority of commercials aired during the game.  Outside of the sports arena, Facebook turned 10 years old, and this week marks the 18th anniversary

February 10, 2014 in Articles, Blog, Broadband Revolution, Events, Featured Story, Opinions, Rural Access, Spectrum by

A Letter from the Director (Nov)

Recent events and news paint a somewhat contradictory view of our region’s tech sector: We’re leading in the app economy and in life sciences innovations, but the private investment that makes this all possible has declined.  Regulations that hinder progress remain in place, yet so far, we’re still attracting startups, and area residents are benefitting from exciting innovations that improve lives and encourage civic engagement.  It is this contradiction that teaches us important lessons in crafting smart policy.

The Pacific …

November 11, 2013 in Articles by

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