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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.  This is particularly important for areas like Eastern Oregon, as the state ranks 25th nationally in connectivity and is 14 percent underserved — much higher

July 13, 2018 in Blog by

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

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 14th most connected state in the nation, Benton and Franklin counties remain in the bottom tier of rural counties served, according to broadbandnow.com/Washington. As …

November 6, 2017 in Blog by

Five Ways 5G Will Change Your Life

October 18, 2017 in Blog by

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

Please Join Us for a Roundtable Discussion on Delivering Broadband to Rural Washington

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

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