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August 1, 2017 in Blog by

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

May 17, 2017 in Blog by

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 …

December 6, 2016 in Blog by

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 …

October 25, 2016 in Blog by

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 …

September 7, 2016 in Blog by

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 …

August 11, 2016 in Blog by

You’re Invited: Internet of Things Roundtable Discussion with U.S. Rep. Suzan Del Bene

July 12, 2016 in Blog by

Feeding the World More Efficiently – Alford Farms’ High-Tech Mission

When thinking about high-tech career options, farming may not immediately come to mind. But one Washington farmer, James Alford, is showing the world just how efficient and high-tech farming can be. The third generation owner of Alford Farms, James and his family have been growing potatoes, corn, wheat and other seed crops in Pasco, Washington since 1954. In addition to feeding the world, Alford and his family takes their responsibility as stewards of the land seriously. Producing higher yields using …

June 27, 2016 in Blog by

PacTech hosts Rep. McMorris Rodgers at Gravity Jack in Liberty Lake

Cathy_McMorris_Rodgers,_Official_Portrait,_112th_CongressQuick—name a hotbed of innovation in Washington State. You might have said Seattle or Tacoma, or even Vancouver. After hosting U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers for a discussion at the offices of a company called Gravity Jack, PacTech can confidently add Liberty Lake, WA to that list.

Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers represents Washington’s Fifth Congressional District, which covers a good portion of Eastern Washington. In Washington, D.C. she sits on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce which oversees economic development …

June 3, 2016 in Blog by

You’re invited: Mobile Tech Roundtable with U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

May 3, 2016 in Blog by

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