Arizona techies go to Washington to fight net neutrality, Internet taxes

A local tech group visits D.C. to discuss tech issues. (left to right) Levementum CEO Doug Guilbeau, Invoy Technologies owner Greg Garcia, KEO Marketing CEO Sheila Kloefkorn, AZ Senator Jeff Flake, Arizona Technology Council CEO Steve Zylstra, Pinnacle Transplant Technologies CEO Russ Yelton and Tri-Merit Vice President William Hewitt./Photo provided by AZ Tech Council
A local tech group visits D.C. to discuss tech issues. (left to right) Levementum CEO Doug Guilbeau, Invoy Technologies owner Greg Garcia, KEO Marketing CEO Sheila Kloefkorn, AZ Senator Jeff Flake, Arizona Technology Council CEO Steve Zylstra, Pinnacle Transplant Technologies CEO Russ Yelton and Tri-Merit Vice President William Hewitt./Photo provided by AZ Tech Council

By Hayley Ringle| Phoenix Business Journal

Net neutrality, Internet taxes and H-1B visas were the three main issues addressed by local technology executives in a recent Washington D.C. trip.

Steve Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council, led the delegation with five local tech CEOs Feb. 9-12 to brief members of Congress on the most pressing tech issues in the state.

The annual trip was done in coordination with TECNA, Technology Councils of North America, and TechAmerica, the public policy and advocacy department of CompTIA, the IT Industry Trade Association.

Zylstra, who is chairman of TECNA, said the tech council grassroots group represents about 22,500 tech companies around the U.S. and Canada.

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