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Public Policy News

Apr 24, 2015
CEA Applauds Senate Finance Committee on TPA Progress

The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, regarding the bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA-2015), bicameral legislation to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA): “We thank the Senate Finance Committee members for working diligently on TPA, which seeks a modern approach to trade agreements for a robust digital economy and growth of the Internet – both vital to American innovation." Full Release


Apr 23, 2015
CEA Applauds Reps Blackburn, Eshoo for Bipartisan "Protecting the Rights of Musicians" Act

The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, praising U.S. Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) for introducing the bipartisan "Protecting the Rights of Musicians" Act: “By prohibiting the Federal Communications Commission from imposing the inclusion of radio tuners in mobile devices, this new bill recognizes that consumers and technology innovators - not the government or analog radio broadcasters - are best positioned to determine the functions and features of cutting-edge mobile devices." Full Release


Apr 23, 2015
CEA: Telecommuting, e-Commerce Cut U.S. Energy Usage and GHG Emissions

Our use of consumer electronics (CE) for telecommuting and common e-commerce activities such as e-reading is lowering the country’s energy use and reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to new research released today by the Consumer Electronics Association(CEA)®. “While innovation is constantly developing more energy efficient consumer electronics, the very use of these devices for activities such as teleworking and e-commerce is also leading to significant environmental benefits,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. Full Release


Apr 20, 2015
A Bright Future for Installed Technologies: CEA Study Says Tech Becoming a Central Component of New Construction

According to the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA)® 13th Annual State of Builder Technology Market Study, the market for built-in home technology is experiencing strong growth and becoming an important differentiator in new home construction. The study found that eight in ten builders now offer clients features like structured wiring (84 percent), home theater (80 percent) and monitored security systems (80 percent). Full Release


Apr 16, 2015
CEA Honors Revolution Chairman and CEO Steve Case and Congressman Bob Goodlatte as Digital Patriots

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® honored Internet pioneer and Revolution Chairman and CEO Steve Case along with U.S. Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) for their instrumental roles in supporting and advancing technology innovation at CEA’s 11th annual Digital Patriots Dinner held Tuesday night, April 14 in Washington, D.C. The Digital Patriots Dinner kicked off a week of exciting technology policy events in D.C., aimed at showcasing the importance of innovation to members of Congress and the D.C. tech policy community. Other event highlights included CEA’s Lobby Day to advocate for pro-innovation policies, and CES on the Hill, a technology exhibit that brought the excitement of the CEA-owned and produced International CES® to the nation’s capital. Full Release


Apr 15, 2015
Where American Pro-Innovation Policy Thrives: CEA Unveils Innovation Scorecard State Ranking

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today released its inaugural Innovation Scorecard, a first-of-its-kind innovation performance index based on ten criteria. The Scorecard evaluates all 50 states and Washington, D.C., according to the conduciveness of their legal, regulatory and overall business environments  to welcome and encourage innovation in 2014. The Scorecard’s inaugural Innovation Champions – those states that earned the highest grades – are Delaware, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia. Full Release


Apr 15, 2015
CEA Urges Congress to Pass Trade Promotion Authority Legislation

The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, urging Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation upon its return to Washington, D.C.: “Today, several CEA members will descend on Capitol Hill for our annual CES on the Hill event, showcasing the products and services at the heart of today’s greatest technology policy issues. These innovators are producing the technologies that are changing the way we live and work." Full Release


Apr 15, 2015
CEA Names Eight Industry Leaders to the 2015 CE Hall of Fame

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® announced the 2015 class of inductees into the Consumer Electronics (CE) Hall of Fame last night at its annual Digital Patriot’s Dinner. The CE Hall of Fame, created in 2000, honors visionaries in the consumer technology industry who have advanced innovation and developed a foundation for the consumer technologies we enjoy today and others yet to come. Full Release


Apr 09, 2015
CEA, CEDIA, InfoComm Release Joint Architectural Drawing Symbols Standard

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association’s (CEDIA) R10 Residential Systems committee and InfoComm Internationalannounced yesterday the publication of ANSI Standard J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols. This new standard defines a common set of blueprint icons that represents all facets of pre-wire and installation of electronic systems, products and devices in residential and commercial environments.  “This is a milestone for the industry, since there has been a huge void in symbols representations for the low-voltage industry,” said Walt Zerbe, product manager, audio, OnQ Legrand and NuVo; and Chairman of CEA’s R10 Residential Systems Committee. Full Release


Apr 09, 2015
CEA’s Kacie Hackett Receives Prestigious PCMA Award

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® congratulates Kacie Hackett, specialist, CES conferences, CEA, for being selected as a member of the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) 2015 class of 20 in their twenties. The 20 in their twenties program, supported by the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Austin Convention Center, is designed to engage the best and brightest young professionals in the meetings industry by recognizing emerging leaders – and their talents – which help accelerate the industry and carry it into the future. CEA is the producer of the annual International CES®, the gathering place for the global technology community. Full Release