FCC Chairman & CEA CEO Go 'One-on-One' at CES

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Michael Powell will address top public policy issues facing the consumer technology industry during a "One-on-One" discussion with Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) president and ceo Gary Shapiro at the 2004 International CES. The session will take place on Jan. 9 at 7:30 am in the Las Vegas Convention Center Room N257. The 2004 International CES runs Jan. 8 11, 2004. Topics of discussion will include transition to digital television, broadband deployment, consumer home recording rights, spectrum management and other key issues under consideration by the FCC.

"We are excited and honored to welcome back Chairman Powell and offer to our attendees the opportunity to hear from one of the most important and influential government officials in the world," said Shapiro. "The International CES has become must-attend event for anyone involved in public policy issues surrounding consumer technology. Government officials throughout the world recognize CES as the global venue to experience the technology that is revolutionizing the way consumers communicate and access information and entertainment content anytime, anywhere."

In addition, top members of Congress will participate in a Congressional Panel at the 2004 CES on Jan. 9 at 3:00 pm. CEA vp of technology policy Michael Petricone will moderate the panel including Tom Davis (R-VA), Norman Coleman (R-MN) and Joe Barton (R-TX) as they discuss major technology policy issues facing the new Congress. Public policy activities at the CES take on an international focus on Jan.10 at 10:00 am during the inaugural International Leaders in Technology Forum. International dignitaries scheduled to speak include: Dr. Daeje Chin, minister of information and communication (Korea), Matthias Kurth, president, regulatory authority for telecommunications and posts (Germany), Masahiro Tabata, senior vice-minister ministry of public management, home affairs, posts and telecommunications (Japan)

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the consumer technology industry through technology policy, events, research, promotion and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA represents more than 1,200 corporate members involved in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and integration of audio, video, mobile electronics, wireless and landline communications, information technology, home networking, multimedia and accessory products, as well as related services that are sold through consumer channels. For more information, visit www.CE.org.

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