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Wireless Explosion

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The ink, as they say, isn’t yet dry on the FCC’s decision to apply outdated, sweeping regulations to the internet.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

Simple Rules Will Ensure Auction Success, Consumer Benefits

BY: TOM GURR

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

Letter to the Editor: Wireless Technology

In a recent letter to the Editor at the Oregonian I talked about the importance that wireless technology plays in our lives every day and more importantly the potential it has to improve our lives in the future.

Read our full Letter below and visit the Oregonian for all the latest news on technology and innovation in Oregon.


Consumers today are dependent on wireless, but how important is it?

Some facts:

Economic growth: “The wireless industry directly/indirectly employs more than …

August 21, 2013 in Articles, Blog, Local Taxes & Regulations, Wireless Explosion by

These Guys Get It

BY: TOM GURR

Consumers are increasingly dependent on wireless devices, and that trend will continue (mobile data is expected to grow by 300% in the next few years).  While the flexibility and freedom to connect to the resources of the Internet and each other simplifies and improves our lives, how important is it to broader society, really?

Well, let’s look at some facts:

Economic growth:  The wireless industry directly/indirectly employs more than 3.8 million Americans.  And while …

July 22, 2013 in Blog, Featured Story, Wireless Explosion 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

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

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

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