CEA Joins Amicus Brief Supporting Aereo in Supreme Court Case

"The Aereo case pits entrenched businesses with deep political ties against an innovative entrepreneur who carefully followed the words of the law and implemented an idea of giving people the broadcast television service they are entitled to get.

Arlington, Va., April 2, 2014 - The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, in conjunction with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Engine Advocacy and Public Knowledge, today filed an amicus brief in support of Aereo in its pending case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The following statement can be attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA:


"The Aereo case pits entrenched businesses with deep political ties against an innovative entrepreneur who carefully followed the words of the law and implemented an idea of giving people the broadcast television service they are entitled to get.

"Entrepreneurs should be allowed to rely on laws as written, rather than face tortured interpretations of the law that the status quo demands government provide. The Supreme Court should reject the pleas of the broadcast lobby and respect the fact that broadcasters are loaned spectrum so that every citizen in a geographic area can have access to broadcast service. Broadcasters are revealing their disdain for free, over-the-air service by their legal arguments and public statements that Aereo should be shut down.

"The court faces a choice - embrace innovation as the law allows or preserve the status quo. In the Sony and Cablevision cases the court chose innovation, and new jobs and businesses were created. We ask the court to again choose a fair reading of the law and favor the new business entrant rather than the entrenched broadcasters, who by this lawsuit show their disdain for providing citizens service."

About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $208 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES - The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA's industry services. Find CEA online at CE.org, DeclareInnovation.com

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