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Roundtable Discussion on Bridging the Digital Divide

January 7, 2020 in Blog by

Encouraging rural broadband investment is the key to bridging the digital divide

By:  Tom Gurr, Executive Director, Pacific Technology Alliance

Recent advancements in technology have brought faster broadband speeds and greater capabilities for connecting to the internet. Access to high-speed internet is transformative, offering new possibilities for education, agriculture and public safety. While this progress is good, the ongoing debate over net neutrality ultimately threatens the investments that are necessary to ensure rural and other underserved communities gain access and reap all of the social and economic benefits of high-speed connectivity.

Oregon …

April 12, 2019 in Blog by

Technology and Innovation Caucus – Lunch Discussion on Privacy & Security

Please join the Oregon Legislature’s Technology and Innovation Caucus for its first event of 2019, including a lunch discussion of modern privacy and security concerns, policy implications, and other jurisdictions’ approaches.

Technology and Innovation Caucus Lunch Discussion on Privacy & Security
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
State Capitol, Room 162
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
(Lunch provided)


Former Chief Privacy Officer, United States Department of Justice under President Obama;

Co-Chair, Privacy & Security + Technology, Davis Wright

January 16, 2019 in Blog by

Roundtable Discussion: Delivering Rural Broadband in Oregon



Access to the internet is a key economic driver for all communities. From public safety to healthcare to education, connectivity plays a critical role in our lives. Please join the conversation with United States Representative Kurt Schrader (OR5) and industry leaders to discuss the progress that is being made and the opportunities that exist in policy and technology …

October 24, 2018 in Blog by

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 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

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