FCC Chairman Martin To Go ‘Inside’ At CES


Federal Communications chairman Kevin Martin will be on the 2008 International CES scene in Las Vegas next week.

Martin will join CEA president and CEO Gary Shapiro for a one-on-one discussion as part of the “Industry Insider Series” on Jan. 8 about such critical consumer technology industry topics as the digital television transition, the upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction and broadband deployment. Martin’s session is slated for 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (PT) Tuesday in North Hall N255-257 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

In addition, CES, slated for Jan. 7-10 and produced by CEA, will play home for the first time to all five FCC commissioners, as Michael Copps, Jonathan Adelstein, Deborah Taylor Tate and Robert McDowell will also be in Las Vegas.

“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."