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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

RSVP | Walden Event

PacTech and Technology Association of Oregon
Welcome U.S. Rep Greg Walden for

The Mobile Silicon Forest:
In Focus

Hosted Luncheon*

Consumers are gravitating to mobile technology, and Oregon is a national leader in the new exploding application economy, recently ranked #4 nationally in the emerging application economy.Join the Technology Association of Oregon and the Pacific Technology Allianceas we welcome U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (OR-2) and Jonathan Spalter, Chairman of Mobile Future, to discuss how our Congressional leaders are

April 26, 2013 in Blog, Featured Story 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

Internet unburdened by regulation can do great things for healthcare delivery by Tom Gurr

In this divisive election, the debate over the cost of providing healthcare is top of mind among many voters. But while slogans and sound bites reign supreme over this important issue, there have been exciting new developments that will help the future of delivering high-quality healthcare to everyone at affordable cost. Twenty-first century technology can address old healthcare problems. Beyond promising advances in medical science, including testing and treatment, technology offers the opportunity to streamline costly administration and to remotely …

September 26, 2012 in Articles, Blog, Broadband Revolution, Featured Story, Next Generation Networks, Opinions, Rural Access by

Mobile Connectivity is Essential Link in Business

Small businesses today rely upon mobile connectivity more than ever before. Just as consumer demand for smartphones and tablets has skyrocketed, small businesses also increasingly depend on mobile devices for everything from daily operations to connecting with their customers and clients.

Mobile communication has proved critical to the survival and growth of Oregon’s small businesses. But, in order to maintain reliable mobile connectivity, mobile carriers must continue to invest in their networks so that they can support the needs and …

September 6, 2012 in Blog, Featured Story, Wireless Explosion by

Portland has come a long way

By: Tom Gurr

What is the difference between Portland and a nanometer? 

One is a technologically important part of the modern world; the other is a billionth of a meter.

Portland isn’t the biggest city on the west coast or even the Northwest, but the region – nicknamed the ‘Silicon Forest’ by some hosts a remarkable number of high tech companies doing cutting edge research and work in a wide variety of fields.  For the first time this year, TechAmerica Oregon’s annual technology …

July 24, 2012 in Blog, Featured Story by

Let’s work together to keep ‘spectrum highway’ humming

Reposted with Permission from Great Fall Tribune. Further reproduction or distribution is prohibited without permission.

By Tom Gurr

April 13, 2012

The word “congestion” doesn’t often come to mind when one thinks of Montana.

Montana has wide-open spaces and wide-open highways, from Great Falls to Helena, from Bozeman to Billings, from Butte to Missoula. While a backup on your highways is a pretty rare event, there is a major traffic jam forming, only it’s not on your physical highways. …

June 9, 2012 in Blog, Featured Story, Spectrum, Wireless Explosion by

Bravo to Rep. Greg Walden for the JOBS Act of 2011

Bravo to Rep. Greg Walden for the JOBS Act of 2011. He has correctly recognized the importance of investment to create job growth.

“The JOBS Act will advance wireless broadband service, spur billions of dollars in private investment, create thousands of jobs…”


November 30, 2011 in Blog, Featured Story by

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