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FCC Chairman Kevin Martin To Go Inside At CES

All Five FCC Commissioners Make Unprecedented Showing at the 2008 International CES…

“The Consumer Electronics Association announced that senior technology policymakers from the European Union, Japan and the United States will participate in the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show (CES)…”

Arlington, Va. -- The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) on Wednesday 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.

The 2008 International CES, the world’s largest consumer technology trade show held annually, is scheduled for Jan. 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nevada, the CEA said in a statement.

FCC Chairman Martin will join Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA, for a one-on-one discussion as part of the “Industry Insider Series” about 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, in North Hall N255-257at the Las Vegas Convention Center.”

“Our global industry is impacted by decisions made around the world on issues related to broadband and Internet access, wireless spectrum allocation and the transition to digital broadcasting, and the international regulatory landscape can impact market opportunities,” said Karen Chupka, CEA senior vice president for events and conferences.

In addition, the 2008 International CES, slated for Jan. 7-10 and produced by CEA, will play home for the first time ever to 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 in a statement. “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.”

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.

“This International Super Session provides the opportunity to hear directly from government officials who shape the future of consumer electronics, what policy frameworks best support innovation and which countries are taking the necessary steps to sustain growth in the global consumer technology industry,” CEA’s Karen added.

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.

Moreover, 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 www.CESweb.org, the interactive source for CES information.