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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


The ink, as they say, isn’t yet dry on the FCC’s decision to apply outdated, sweeping regulations to the internet.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


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

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

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

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

Oregon’s digital future tied to avoiding regulation mistakes

Recent Post on the Oregon Business Report

August 13, 2012

“Light Touch” Internet Regulation is the Key to Oregon’s Digital Future

By Tom Gurr, Pacific Technology Alliance

A recent article in The Oregonian touted Oregon’s booming tech sector while simultaneously issuing a warning of its “schizophrenic state.” The article demonstrates that Silicon Forest has shown much promise; venture capital investments in both tech startups and larger companies have soared in the last year. However, the challenge remains to develop the

August 17, 2012 in Blog, Broadband Revolution, Opinions by

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