Comcast Launching WiFi-Connected “Lift Zones”

January 5, 2021

Amy Keiter  Director, External Communications  Comcast As part of its ongoing commitment to help connect low-income families to the internet so they can fully participate in distance-learning and the digital economy, Comcast today announced that the Boys and Girls Clubs of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties are the first of a number of Lift Zones…

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Hunter Gets Bought, and a New CEO, Wins Awards and Launches Fiber to the Home in Medford. All since April.

August 31, 2020

by Jim Teece Via Press Releases and an Interview Big things are happening at Hunter Communications (Medford, Jackson County) during the Pandemic.  They were purchased by Grain. They hired a new CEO. They received an award for the fastest internet in Oregon They are going to roll out affordable and fast Fiber-To-The-Home in the markets they…

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Hunter Communications Named Oregon’s Fastest Business Internet

August 26, 2020

MEDFORD, OR, August 26, 2020 — Hunter Communications (Hunter), the premier fiber-optic communications services provider in southern Oregon and northern California, was recognized by BroadbandNow with four 2020 Internet Service Provider Awards, including for fastest business internet speeds in Oregon and among the top 10 nationwide. BroadbandNow, an organization that tracks and analyzes broadband speeds and overall customer satisfaction, annually recognizes…

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Hynix’s 1.2-million-square-foot Eugene factory sells for $6.3 million

April 7, 2020

Hynix spent $1.5 billion to build and equip a world-class 1.2-million-square-foot factory on 200 acres, which opened in 1998. It operated for a decade before shutting down in 2008 during the great recession. The closure left 1,400 people out of work, which was one of the biggest mass layoffs in Oregon history, before the pandemic.…

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Five Eugene Tech Startup Founders Weigh-in on the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

January 1, 2020

By Matt Sayre  An entrepreneurial ecosystem is the social and economic ingredient of a region that affect the probability of success for newly forming companies. The ecosystem is all the inputs to economic growth taken together including: capital, talent, partnership, and mentorship. I caught up with five founders during Eugene’s recent Tech Tour to get…

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Unintended Consequences: How Amazon is disrupting Telephone Poles

January 1, 2020

By Mark Schaefer This week the New York Times did a long, investigative report on how Amazon has weaved its way into nearly every aspect of life in the city of Baltimore — government, education, politics, economics, and employment, to name a few. The city is mostly positive about its dependence on this gigantic company,…

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Study Aims to Improve Broadband in Oregon

November 18, 2019

Business Oregon is conducting a statewide assessment of Oregon’s current broadband infrastructure and service availability. The assessment will help drive public policy regarding gaps in broadband access, the need for state funding, and strategies for deploying broadband infrastructure statewide. Broadband is increasingly viewed as essential infrastructure for economic and community development. Earlier this year, the…

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The largest Tech Company Open House in Oregon, is in Eugene

September 22, 2019

The regions tech and tech enabled companies open their doors to the public Oct 3rd. EUGENE, Ore., Sept. 19, 2019  – job seekers, technology enthusiasts, and students will get a rare opportunity to tour tech companies in downtown Eugene on October 3rd. Together, nearly fifty tech and tech enabled companies will open their offices to…

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Gearing up to explore and celebrate the Silicon Shire

August 31, 2019

By Matt Sayre You might be surprised to learn that the city that hosts the largest open house of tech companies in Oregon isn’t Portland. No, that title currently belongs to Portland’s cooler little brother, Eugene. (Little sister?) Every year since 2016, dozens of tech companies have joined together in downtown Eugene and collectively opened…

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The Oregon Connections Telecommunications Conference is coming to Ashland – Oct. 24-25

August 30, 2019

The Oregon Connections Telecommunications Conference draws attendees from all regions of the state to share ideas, experiences and knowledge about broadband telecommunications. In its twenty-fourth year, the conference will be exploring Smart Communities: strategies, applications, enabling technologies and Oregon initiatives. Oregon Connections is a grass roots conference first held in Bend and hosted by the Central Oregon Intergovernmental…

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Oregon Tech Adds Data Science Degree, Opening Up Pathway to the “Best Job in America”

August 29, 2019

August 29, 2019, KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Starting next year,Oregon Institute of Technology, “Oregon Tech,” will launch a bachelor’s degree in Data Science, a program created to answer the quickly growing need for analysts of “big data,” and the first undergraduate program of its kind at a public university in Oregon. First announced in January, the Higher…

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Grain Management to Acquire Fiber Connectivity Provider, Hunter Communications

August 23, 2019

MEDFORD, OR — Grain Management, a Washington, D.C.-based private equity firm focused on the global communications sector, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a majority interest in Hunter Communications. As owner and operator of one of the largest private fiber optic networks in Oregon, Hunter provides high bandwidth data and voice service to businesses and homes throughout…

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