January 6-9, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada
Arlington, Va., December 15, 2014 - The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced today that, for the first time ever, every sitting commissioner from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will participate in the 2015 International CES Innovation Policy conference track. Owned and produced by CEA, CES is the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, and will run January 6-9, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"For four days in January, all eyes are on the tech industry - including the eyes of regulators and policy makers," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA. "This level of engagement from FCC and FTC leadership is unprecedented. Their participation speaks to the increasing strength of CES not only as an incomparable showcase for the latest in technology innovation, but also as a hotbed for the policy discussions that will set the agenda for the coming year and beyond."
The 2015 Preview: FCC and FTC Commissioner Roundtable on Jan. 7 will focus on spectrum allocation, privacy, accessibility, the Internet of Things, regulatory reform and how the FCC and FTC can work together and separately to tackle these key policy issues facing the technology community. Immediately before the roundtable, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will once again join CEA's president and CEO for a candid one-on-one conversation on the latest spectrum and broadband developments.
"We are honored to once again have Chairman Wheeler join us for a Super Session," added Shapiro. "He is articulate, candid and at the center of one of the most publicly active and vital commissions we have. Let's face it - his first year on the job has been especially exciting, and I can't wait to spend time with him discussing communications policy and the promise of technology."
FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez will also participate at CES, delivering the opening remarks for the conference session Privacy and the Internet of Things (IoT): Navigating Policy Issues on Jan 6. The chairwoman will set the stage for a conversation exploring steps that manufacturers and policymakers can take to build consumer trust in devices and applications while preserving creativity and flexibility to innovate.
The Innovation Policy roundtables will take place Jan. 6 - Jan. 8. While FCC and FTC Commissioners have made strong showings at past CES events, this will be the first year that the full slate of both agencies will be participating. For more information on the 2015 International CES Innovation Policy panels, please visit www.cesweb.org.
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $211 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative and regulatory 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 www.CE.org, www.DeclareInnovation.com