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FCC Chairman to Participate on CES Panel

Kevin Martinwill join CEA's Gary Shapiro for a one-on-one discussion of issues vital to the consumer technology industry.

Arlington, VA–Kevin Martin, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will be featured in the Industry Insider Series as part of the 2008 International CES, which returns to Las Vegas January 7-10, 2008.

FCC chairman Martin will join Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, for a one-on-one discussion of issues vital to the consumer technology industry, including the digital television (DTV) transition, the upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction, and broadband deployment. Martins session is slated for 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 8, at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), North Hall N255-257.

In addition, the 2008 International CES will, for the first time ever, welcome 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, Shapiro said. Chairman Martins support of industry competition and the furthering of technology innovation provides every American with greater access to consumer technology products and services.

Martin was nominated by President George W. Bush and was sworn in on July 3, 2001. He was designated chairman on March 18, 2005. Martin was re-nominated for a second term as commissioner and chairman by President Bush on April 25, 2006, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 16, 2006. Before joining the FCC, 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.