Jan 02, 2008
Arlington, Va., January 2, 2008 – The Consumer Electronics
Association (CEA)® today announced that Kevin Martin, chairman of the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will be featured in the Industry
Insider Series as part of the 2008 International CES®. Produced by
CEA, the 2008 International CES is the world’s largest consumer technology
tradeshow, and returns to Las Vegas January 7-10, 2008.
FCC Chairman Martin will join Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA, for a
one-on-one discussion of issues vital to every segment of the consumer
technology industry, including the digital television (DTV) transition, the
upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction and broadband deployment. Martin’s session
is slated for 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 8, at the Las Vegas Convention
Center (LVCC), North Hall N255-257.
In addition, the 2008 International CES will, for the first time ever,
welcome all five FCC commissioners, including Martin and commissioners Michael
J. Copps, Jonathan S. Adelstein, Deborah Taylor Tate and Robert McDowell.
“We welcome all five FCC commissioners and are thrilled to have Chairman
Martin back to the International CES as an Industry Insider, and look forward to
hearing his views on the upcoming DTV transition and other key issues facing our
industry,” said Shapiro. “Chairman Martin’s support of industry competition and
the furthering of technology innovation provides every American with greater
access to consumer technology products and services.”
Chairman Martin was nominated by President Bush and was sworn in on July 3,
2001. He was designated chairman on March 18, 2005. Chairman Martin was
re-nominated for a second term as commissioner and chairman by President Bush on
April 25, 2006, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 16, 2006.
Before joining the FCC, Chairman Martin was a special assistant to the President
for Economic Policy. He served on the Bush-Cheney Transition Team and was deputy
general counsel for the Bush campaign. Prior to joining the campaign, Martin was
an advisor to FCC Commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth and also served in the
Office of the Independent Counsel.
Other 2008 Industry Insider programs include Technology and Emerging
Countries, technology’s impact on Hollywood, an international retail power panel
and an address by Yahoo!’s CEO and Chief Yahoo!, Jerry Yang. For details on the
Industry Insider Series, please visit www.CESweb.org/attendees/conferences/default.asp.
The 2008 International CES will feature the hottest products from 2,700
exhibitors, covering more than 30 product categories including the latest in
wireless, digital imaging, in-vehicle technology, home networking and more. For
more news on the 2008 International CES before, during and after the show, visit
the interactive source for CES information.
Note to Journalists:
General press and analyst
registration, as well as detailed press conference information, is available at
CESweb.org. Journalists are encouraged to arrive in Las Vegas by Saturday,
January 5, to take advantage of all the CES press events, including CES Unveiled
from 4-7 p.m. on January 5.
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is
the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $148 billion U.S.
consumer electronics industry. More than 2,200 companies enjoy the benefits of
CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical
training and education, industry promotion and the fostering of business and
strategic relationships. CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES -
Where Entertainment, Technology and Business Converge. All profits from CES are
reinvested into CEA's industry services. Find CEA online at www.CE.org.