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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

Simple Rules Will Ensure Auction Success, Consumer Benefits


Next time you’re out in public, take a good look around. I see the tops of heads as much as I see faces – many are gazing down into the device in their hands. The speed at which wireless innovations have become indispensable is astonishing because the technology evolves even while our dependence on it is increasingly commonplace. Face it, we’re hooked. No matter where we are, we want the reliable speeds and coverage we need to …

May 14, 2014 in Articles, Blog, Featured Story, Spectrum, Wireless Explosion 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

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

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

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

Photos of “Wireless Technology: Delivering Innovation and Economic Growh Luncheon”

On April 9 PacTech hosted the “Wireless Technology: Delivering Innovation and Economic Growth” luncheon with the Pasco Chamber of Commerce. PacTech live-streamed Georgetown McDonough School of Business Professor and Telecom expert John Mayo. Professor Mayo discussed job growth in the new wireless economy.

Professor Mayo also submitted an opinion editorial to the Tri-City Herald, “Internet Access key for Rural Communities.”…

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

Photos of Luncheon with U.S. Senator Max Baucus

On March 9th PacTech hosted a meeting with US Senator Max Baucus. Along with several Montana-based PacTech members, we met with Senator Baucus to thank him for his leadership on a key technology issue. In February Senator Baucus was a lead negotiator on bi-partisan legislation that will make more wireless capacity available for mobile broadband applications.

In a follow up to that meeting a PacTech-penned opinion editorial ran in the Great Falls Tribune highlighting Senator Baucus’ leadership, “Let’s Keep

June 9, 2012 in Blog, Broadband Revolution, Spectrum, Wireless Explosion by

Access to Broadband Generates Economic Growth

According to CTIA, every dollar spent on wireless Internet generates $7-$10 for US GDP.  Access to more wireless spectrum will drive economic growth: CTIA Letter.…

August 2, 2011 in Blog, Broadband Revolution, Spectrum by

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