DTV Transition Session Added to CEA Washington Forum Lineup

CEA Washington Forum to Focus on Technology Policy; Fifth Annual Digital Patriots Dinner to Honor Representatives Blunt (R-MO) and Meeks (D-NY)

CEA Washington Forum

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The Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA)(®) Washington Forum, scheduled for April 21-23, focuses on technology policy priorities in the new administration. It is an opportunity for the technology industry to interact with leaders on Capitol Hill and gain a focused understanding of critical issues facing the consumer electronics industry, including the digital television (DTV) transition.


The CEA Washington Forum also will include the fifth annual Digital Patriots Dinner, honoring key legislators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Gregory Meeks (D-NY).


Recently Added Media Highlight:


-- The DTV Transition- The Final Countdown (And This Time We Mean It), 11 a.m., Thursday, April 23.

-- Moderator, Rob Pegoraro, Consumer Technology Columnist, The Washington Post

-- Panelists: Mary Lou Kenny, Partnership Manager, TV Converter Box Coupon Program, NTIA; Jessica Rosenworcel, Senior Communications Counsel, Senate Commerce Committee and Bill Lake, DTV Transition Coordinator, FCC

Other Media Highlights include:

-- Reception and Dinner at the Newseum, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 21.


-- Keynote address by David Plouffe, Campaign Manager, Obama for America, at 12 p.m., Wednesday, April 22.


-- Digital Patriots Awards Dinner honoring Members of Congress Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Gregory Meeks (D-NY) for their work in advancing technology innovation at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 22. The dinner also will honor inductees into the DTV Academy.


-- Keynote addresses by Paul Begala, Political Analyst, CNN and Tucker Carlson, Senior Political Correspondent, MSNBC at 12 p.m., Thursday, April 23.

When: Conference: Tuesday, April 21 – Thursday, April 23, 2009
Digital Patriots Dinner: Wednesday, April 22
Where: JW Marriott on Pennsylvania Avenue
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC

For more information or to register for the event, visit For media registration questions, contact Erica Corley at or 703-907-7621.


About CEA:

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $172 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,200 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES – Where Entertainment, Technology and Business Converge. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at


Sarah Szabo, 703-907-4368


Sarah Szabo, 703-907-4368