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Telecommunications' Explosive Growth During Pandemic Expected To Stay


The COVID-19 pandemic has been a “hyper accelerator” for broadband services, as Oregonians have strived to work, learn, and entertain from their homes.  

Chris Tamarin is telecommunications strategist for the Oregon Business Development Department.  He said it’s unlikely anything will return to normal once the pandemic subsides.

"We will not be returning to January 2020." said Tamarin.  "The forced adoption of telework, telehealth, distance learning and cloud-based network tele-applications of all types has been a proof of concept for many organizations, institutions, leaders and policy makers, that had previously resisted them.”

Tamarin stressed that development and upgrades of broadband for rural and underserved populations will help span the digital divide. 

Tamarin made his remarks at the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2021 Economic Summit last week.  

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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