Tuesday, October 30, 2007
The U.S. Senate had passed the same exact bill last week, so now the bill goes to President Bush for an expected signature.
Sen. John Sununu, who wrote the 7-year extension as a compromise between a 4-year extension and a permanent ban, said he still hopes to permanently end the tax.
The ban is on internet-only (access and a "bit" tax on information as it transits a taxing jurisdiction) taxes. The ban protects instant messaging and e-mail, including voice and video messaging.
While proponents had argued for a permanent ban as encouraging broadband adoption and economic expansion. Opponents were concerned about local and state government revenue opportunities and the precedent of exemption for VOIP.
Friday, October 26, 2007
The Houston Chronicle reports today that the ray gun could be deployed to Iraq early next year. Looks like the Marines have more than a few good men - they have a few good ideas too.
Our earlier blog (August 30) on this story explored the concept of the ray gun's advanced technology on the battlefield. Doubtless, tactics will have to innovate as much as the equipment has.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
The House approved H.R. 3678, which only temporarily extends the moratorium another four years through November 2011, by a vote of 405-2 last week.
"By making permanent the Internet tax moratorium, Congress can be sure that this vital tool remains a key driver to continued economic growth in this country," wrote Chamber Executive Vice President of Governmental Affairs Bruce Josten in the October 22 letter.
Read previous letters to the House and Senate supporting a permanent ban.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
While the WA Tech Center does admirable work around the state, we were pleased to note that one Pierce County firm, Visiongate website under development at this publication but backgrounded online, received a Research & Technology Development Award.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Now, The News Tribune has expanded the spotlight on the cyber-warriors unit at McChord AFB. In an article published today, the TNT expanded the info on the local connection from information by Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne in the spring issue of Air and Space Power Journal.
What the community once decided to focus its tech development around, a Center for Excellence for Cyber-Security and Information Assurance, may have more of a node here that most expect. Although this effort at CNA (Computer Network Attack) is Air Force, maybe we can wish them success as they "Run Silent, Run Deep."
Sunday, October 7, 2007
The Partnership is a state coalition established in 2007 and charged with leading efforts to protect and restore
The City of
The main user of the planned 40,000-square-foot Urban Waters building was shaping up to be scientists and engineers from the city’s environmental service department. It is hoped locating Puget Sound Partnership facilities alongside local, academic and private
Adding the Puget Sound Partnership to the mix will likely require building a larger facility. Karen Larkin, an assistant
After years of planning, Urban Waters is gaining momentum. In March 2007, the Tacoma City Council agreed to spend $5.6 million to buy 3.1 acres along
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Innovation Partnership Zones build on the success around the world of “research parks,” such as the Research Triangle in North Carolina and Torrey Pines in California and bring together research and higher education opportunities, innovation and economic activity to be a strong engine for regional economies.
Washington is home to some of the greatest innovations in the world and I am excited to support the continued success of our state’s world-class companies, said Governor Gregoire. We’ve seen what can happen when we bring together research, training and commerce, put them in a beaker and shake - Innovation Partnership Zones will be powerful economic engines to support our regional economies.
The five designees were selected to receive grants totaling $4,275,000, allocated in the 2007-2009 capital budget, to jump-start development activities.
The Innovation Partnership Zones legislation calls for successful applicants to be awarded the designation of an Innovation Partnership Zone. Five of these applicants were also awarded grants, which may be used for such expenses as shared infrastructure, telecommunications, equipment or construction, and up to 10 percent for administration.
The applicants receiving the Innovation Partnership Zone designation are:
Aerospace Convergence Zone, Workforce Development Council Snohomish County.
Battelle, Sequim Marine Research Operations, Clallam Economic Development Council.
Bellingham Innovation Zone, Port of Bellingham – grant recipient.
Bothell Biomedical Manufacturing Corridor, City of Bothell.
Discovery Corridor Innovation Zone/Steinmueller Innovation Park, Columbia River Economic Development Council.
Grays Harbor Sustainable Industries Innovation Partnership Zone, Port of Grays Harbor – grant recipient.
Pullman Innovation Partnership Zone, Port of Whitman County – grant recipient.
South Lake Union Life Science Innovation Partnership Zone, City of Seattle, Office of Economic Development.
Spokane University District Innovation Partnership Zone, Greater Spokane Inc. – grant recipient.
Tri-Cities Innovation Zone, Port of Benton.
Walla Walla Valley Innovation Partnership Zone, City of Walla Walla – grant recipient.
Governor Gregoire’s Web Site: More Information