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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 to host US Representative Dan Newhouse for a roundtable discussion about rural connectivity.  Now another Washington policymaker and staunch supporter of closing the gap between rural and urban communities, US Representative Suzan DelBene, who PacTech hosted for a roundtable discussion in July, is highlighting the importance of establishing infrastructure in rural Washington in conversations across the state.

As we know, access to the internet is a key economic driver for all communities. With the growing number of Internet of Things devices coming on the market, there are more exciting opportunities for the use of technology than ever before. To be able to take advantage of these opportunities, however, people must be connected. From public safety to healthcare to education to farming, connectivity plays a revolutionary role in our lives, and is no less important in rural communities than in urban ones. Building the infrastructure to ensure that Washingtonians statewide can get connected and supporting that infrastructure with sound policy is crucial to our economy and future.

We are fortunate that policymakers in our state are at the forefront of seeking to bridge the digital divide and look forward to working together to ensure that everyone can take advantage of the technology revolution.

 

Categories Articles, Blog, Featured Story | Tags: | Posted on August 28, 2017

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