FCC Chairman Michael Powell and CEA CEO Gary Shapiro to go "One -On -One" at 2004 International CES

Top Congressional and International Government Leaders Head List of More Than 110 Public Policy Officials Scheduled to Attend CES

Arlington, Va., December 29, 2003 - 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 Friday, January 9 at 7:30 a.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center Room N257. The 2004 International CES runs January 8 -11 in Las Vegas, Nev.


Powell and Shapiro will discuss the transition to digital television, broadband deployment, consumer home recording rights, spectrum management and other key issues under consideration by the Commission. They also will take a look at issues expected to arise in the coming year.

"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. "

Top members of Congress with a particular focus on technology policy will participate in a Congressional Panel at the 2004 CES on Friday, January 9 at 3:00 p.m. CEA Vice President of Technology Policy Michael Petricone will moderate a panel including the Hon. Tom Davis (R -VA), Hon. Norman Coleman (R -MN) and the Hon. 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 Saturday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m. during the inaugural International Leaders in Technology Forum. The program brings together several senior government officials from around the world to discuss common technology issues. International dignitaries scheduled to speak include:

* Dr. Daeje Chin, Minister of Information and Communication (Korea)
* Mr. Matthias Kurth, President, Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications and Posts (Germany)
* Mr. Masahiro Tabata, Senior Vice -Minister Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications (Japan)

Each year, the International CES attracts top government officials from Washington, D.C., statehouses across America and capitols around the world to see and learn about the hottest technology in the world.

"These officials recognize that it is highly beneficial to come and touch, feel and experience the technologies that are impacted by the policies they create," said Shapiro. "At the International CES, they can experience the power, excitement and wonder of consumer electronics and return with a better understanding of our industry and the products we make and sell."

The 2004 International CES focuses on more than 20 product areas from more than 2,300 exhibitors spread throughout both the inside and outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Las Vegas Hilton and the Alexis Park Resort.

About CEA:
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. Combined, CEA's members account for more than $90 billion in annual sales. CEA's resources are available online at www.CE.org, the definitive source for information about the consumer electronics industry.
CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES - Defining Tomorrow's Technology. All profits from CES are reinvested into industry services, including technical training and education, industry promotion, engineering standards development, market research and legislative advocacy.

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