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Public Policy News

May 22, 2015
CEA Praises Senate for Passing TPA

The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, in response to the Senate’s passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation: “We thank the Senate for passing TPA legislation to support the hundreds of thousands of American small- and medium-sized businesses that export products, creating new markets and driving U.S. economic growth."

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May 21, 2015
CEA Applauds TPA Advancement, Will Score Pending Senate Vote

The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, in response to the Senate’s vote to address Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation: “We commend the Senate for its bipartisan vote to begin debate on TPA. Because access to the international marketplace is critical to our country’s economic future and highly important to the technology industry, CEA will score the pending TPA vote as a ‘key vote’ on our legislative scorecard."
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May 21, 2015
CEA Applauds President's Renomination of FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel

The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, regarding President Obama’s renomination of Jessica Rosenworcel as a commissioner to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC): “We applaud President Obama for renominating Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to the FCC and urge the Senate to move quickly toward confirmation."  Full Release


May 14, 2015
CEA Applauds Congressional Action to Protect Free Speech Online

The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, regarding the SPEAK FREE Act, legislation which provides an expedited process to dismiss lawsuits that are filed for the purpose of silencing legal speech and allows victims of SLAPPs to recoup legal fees spent to fight frivolous claims, introduced by Reps. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO) and Trent Franks (R-AZ) to protect Americans’ right to free speech online: “We commend Representatives Farenthold, Eshoo, Issa, Polis and Franks for addressing the growing threats to the First Amendment rights of American consumers – specifically, SLAPPs (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) used to silence users of online review sites. Full Release


May 13, 2015
CEA Applauds House Passage of USA FREEDOM Act

The following statement is attributed to Michael Petricone, senior vice president of government and regulatory affairs, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, regarding the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 2048, the Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring (USA FREEDOM) Act of 2015: “We applaud the House for acting swiftly to pass this important legislation ahead of the upcoming expiration of Section 215 of the Patriot Act. The bipartisan USA FREEDOM Act is common sense reform to our nation’s intelligence gathering programs, which will restore trust in American services and products and preserve our competitiveness worldwide, while continuing to protect our national security."

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May 12, 2015
CEA Praises Inclusion of Copyright Guidance in TPA Package

The following statement is attributed to Sage Chandler, vice president of international trade, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, regarding the decision by the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance and the House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means to include Internet consideration in Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation: “We thank the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees for their hard work to reach a balanced TPA package—one that takes into account the realities of the digital economy and Internet era. Specifically, this TPA reporting language now clarifies the intention that trade should foster balanced copyright."
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May 12, 2015
CEA Applauds Introduction of Senate UAS Legislation

The following statement is attributed to Douglas Johnson, vice president, technology policy, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, in response to the introduction of the Commercial UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) Modernization Act by Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and John Hoeven (R-ND): “We thank Senators Booker and Hoeven for introducing legislation that recognizes and supports the potential of UAS to help grow our innovation economy and create new jobs." Full Release


May 11, 2015
Owning Innovation: CEA Study Shows Major Shifts in the Technology We Own

A major shift in the consumer electronics (CE) products owned by U.S. households is now underway, according to the 17th Annual CE Ownership and Market Potential Study released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®. Smartphones are now the third most-owned CE product in the country, trailing only televisions and DVD/Blu-ray players, a key reason why ownership of digital content is now poised to surpass traditional content within the next few years. Full Release


May 07, 2015
CEA Research: Consumer Electronics Are More Energy Efficient than Ever

The following statement is attributed to Douglas Johnson, vice president, technology policy, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, in response to a recent report on the energy consumption of always-on, inactive devices: “It’s important to keep in mind that the small amount of electricity used by some always-on, inactive devices in order to stay connected actually provides for us to save larger amounts of energy—enabling current and future demand response and home energy management systems. In short, the trees are important, but we need to comprehend the entire forest.” Full Release


May 06, 2015
CEA and Carriers Partner on PlugFest For Network and IoT Compatibility

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today announced the successful completion of the first IPv6 PlugFest to combine carriers, consumer electronics (CE) companies and industry groups – enabling CE manufacturers to test their devices with the carrier networks and the customer premise equipment supplied to millions of American homes. For the technical event, CEA partnered with AT&T, Comcast, Verizon Wireless, the University of New Hampshire’s InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), and UPnP Forum. “This kind of event is essential to resolve the myriad of small details needed for true, efficient interoperability,” said Brian Markwalter, senior vice president of Research & Standards, CEA. Full Release