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Letter to the Editor: Wireless Technology

In a recent letter to the Editor at the Oregonian I talked about the importance that wireless technology plays in our lives every day and more importantly the potential it has to improve our lives in the future.

Read our full Letter below and visit the Oregonian for all the latest news on technology and innovation in Oregon.

Consumers today are dependent on wireless, but how important is it?

Some facts:

Economic growth: “The wireless industry directly/indirectly employs more than 3.8 million Americans,” according to CTIA-The Wireless Association. Overall jobs fell by “5.3 million between April 2007 and June 2011, but the U.S. wireless industry added almost 1.6 million new jobs in the same time period.”

Health care: According to Wireless Week, a recent study shows that “wireless connectivity … can positively impact patient engagement, clinical outcomes and operational workflow in remote monitoring programs.”

Education: Studies show that wireless connectivity in class improves performance. Students in California saw their math scores go up about 20 percent by using iPads.

With this in mind, we need to tip our cap to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who introduced the Wireless Tax Fairness Act. It prevents local governments from creating new wireless taxes. Wyden says mobile voice and data services “are not luxury items.” Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., has also signed on. These guys get it.

Wyden is right; mobile connectivity is no longer a luxury. The world is going mobile, and the sooner policy makers get it, the better off we’ll be.

Gurr is executive director of the Pacific Technology Alliance.

Categories Articles, Blog, Local Taxes & Regulations, Wireless Explosion | Tags: | Posted on August 21, 2013

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