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PacTech applauds Sen. Wyden’s leadership on ITFA renewal

By: Tom Gurr, Executive Director, PacTech

I think we entered the Age of the Internet a long time ago.
We live in the age of the Internet. It almost goes without saying that Internet is central to our daily lives. Connectivity is a seemingly seamless part of our existence. Today it would be hard to imagine a world where the Internet isn’t at the center of everything from healthcare and education to the business world. The Internet is at once …

May 15, 2015 in Articles, Blog, Broadband Revolution, Featured Story, Internet Tax Moratorium, Local Taxes & Regulations, Next Generation Networks, Opinions, Other Technologies, RFID, Rural Access, Smart Networks, Spectrum, Uncategorized, Wireless Explosion by

FCC’s decision has far reaching impacts

BY: TOM GURR

The ink, as they say, isn’t yet dry on the FCC’s decision to apply outdated, sweeping regulations to the internet. But unfortunately, last week’s vote on the so-called “net neutrality” debate may have already sealed the fate of hundreds of innovative companies that depend on the internet to create jobs and drive our regional economy.

Reputable research has found that applying antiquated regulations to the internet will jeopardize investment in our networks. As we move further in …

March 6, 2015 in Articles, Blog, Broadband Revolution, Events, Featured Story, Internet Tax Moratorium, Next Generation Networks, Opinions, Rural Access, Smart Networks, Wireless Explosion by

The Open Internet: A Light Approach is the Right Approach

BY: TOM GURR

So far, the FCC has received a record-setting 3 million comments on the Open Internet proceeding; the Commission will take these comments into account as they decide on rules that will impact the continued growth of the Internet. And just a few weeks ago, the Internet surpassed a major landmark: There are now over a billion websites, up from just one in 1991.

These astounding numbers reveal the value Internet users and innovators place on what was …

October 27, 2014 in Articles, Blog, Broadband Revolution, Featured Story, Local Taxes & Regulations, Next Generation Networks, Opinions, Rural Access by

NEWS ALERT: FCC Decision Blazes Path toward High-Speed Broadband Networks

News Alert: FCC Decision Blazes Path toward Transitioning the Nation to Advanced
High-Speed Broadband Networks


Last week, the FCC took a bold step toward a future of robust connectivity, innovation and more choices for consumers. The agency’s decision to begin beta testing the shift to advanced high-speed Internet-based networks is the first step in upgrading our country’s communications infrastructure. The ultimate result of this process? Universal broadband connectivity offering consumer benefits—more choices and enhanced capabilities—that can change the face

February 12, 2014 in Articles, Blog, Broadband Revolution, Featured Story, Next Generation Networks, Rural Access, Smart Networks, Spectrum, Wireless Explosion by

Pacific Technology Alliance and Partners Talk mHealth, Public Safety Innovations: Modern Regulations Supporting Advanced Broadband Networks Deliver Unforeseen Possibilities

What a week for the Pacific Northwest! Not only did the Seattle Seahawks soar their way to their first Super Bowl win ever (GO HAWKS!), but the tech scene hit major milestones as well. Twitter reported a record 24.9 million tweets about the game posted during the telecast, with hashtags included in an unprecedented majority of commercials aired during the game.  Outside of the sports arena, Facebook turned 10 years old, and this week marks the 18th anniversary

February 10, 2014 in Articles, Blog, Broadband Revolution, Events, Featured Story, Opinions, Rural Access, Spectrum by

Mobile Future Webinar: Money, Brains and Broadband

Did you know we reach for our smartphones about 150 times per day?  Me neither.

I learned this in the recent Money, Brains and Broadband webinar offered by Mobile Future.  The takeaway was simple: consumers now have the ability to connect to products and services from anywhere at any time, so as a business, you better be mobile if you want to survive and succeed.  And that’s not just in urban areas; 29 percent of all Americans now live in …

August 6, 2013 in Articles, Blog, Broadband Revolution by

PacTech and Technology Association of Oregon Talk Mobile Tech with U.S. Representative Greg Walden

Last week we joined the Technology Association of Oregon to host an event in Portland highlighting the astonishing growth in Oregon’s mobile app economy.  A recent study ranked Oregon #4 app-intensity economy in the country as the app economy is a NEW force driving the tech sector.  In 2011 app economy revenue was nearly $10 billion—by 2016 it’s expected to be over $46 billion!  It’s a booming enterprise, and Oregon is in a unique position to capitalize on the budding …

May 22, 2013 in Broadband Revolution, Featured Story, Wireless Explosion by

Seattle Times Op-ed: Expanding wireless spectrum can address rural health-care disparities

By allocating more spectrum for wireless networks, Congress would address disparities in health care in rural and underserved areas, writes guest columnist Sailesh Chutani.

By Sailesh Chutani

Special to The Times

THERE are encouraging signs that the U.S. government is getting serious about our digital future. Last month, Congress held a hearing to examine spectrum-management laws to ensure there’s adequate wireless-network capacity to meet skyrocketing consumer demand for data.

Spectrum makes up the cyberhighway that allows data traffic to move …

February 4, 2013 in Articles, Broadband Revolution, Featured Story, Next Generation Networks, Opinions, Rural Access, Spectrum, Wireless Explosion by

Federal Funding Alone Can’t Deliver Wireless Broadband By Tom Gurr

Americans in urban and suburban areas take wireless service for granted. This is not so much so for those living in the rural and remote areas of the West where service is not always available. There are vast areas without 3G wireless coverage, much less the new 4G LTE technology. And because of the mountainous terrain and greater distances, people in some rural areas also lack reliable, high-speed wired Internet access.

There is some good news. The federal government has

October 26, 2012 in Articles, Blog, Broadband Revolution, Featured Story, Next Generation Networks, Opinions by

New report rates Washington at the top of booming applicaiton economy!

Thanks to the app economy, 519,000 jobs were created

Today, CTIA and the Application Developers Alliance released a report that found the app economy created 519,000 jobs across the country.

While the top 10 app economy job states may not be surprising, the economic impact must have been welcomed by all of these states. The figure next to each state is the economic impact, per million, each year:

  1. California = $8,241
  2. Washington = $2,671
  3. New York = $2,313
  4. Texas =

October 5, 2012 in Articles, Blog, Broadband Revolution, Featured Story, Smart Networks, Spectrum, Wireless Explosion by

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