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FTC’s Ramirez & FCC’s Wheeler To Speak At CES 2016

The Consumer Technology Association announced two of the nation’s top regulators, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) chairwoman Edith Ramirez and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler, are returning as featured speakers as part of the CES 2016 conference program.

CTA also announced all of the commissioners from both agencies are expected to participate in roundtable discussions at CES, where they will provide insight into top policy and regulatory issues related to the Internet of Things (IoT), spectrum allocation, privacy and disruptive innovation.

Owned and produced by the CTA, CES will run Jan. 6-9, 2016, in Las Vegas.

Ramirez and Wheeler will join CTA president/CEO Gary Shapiro for a SuperSession featuring two, 30-minute discussions on the challenges they face as their agencies navigate the rapidly changing technological landscape, CTA said. The SuperSession is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), North Hall, room N257.

“This is a great opportunity for CES attendees to hear how the FCC and FTC’s top regulators view their agency’s role in enhancing competition, stimulating entrepreneurship and supporting the kind of disruptive innovation on display at CES,” said Shapiro. “I’m thrilled to welcome back chairman Wheeler and chairwoman Ramirez to the stage to share their vision for the future.”

CES 2016 will also feature an Innovation Policy conference track, which will include a two-part roundtable with all of the other commissioners of the FCC and FTC. The “2016 Preview: FCC and FTC Commissioner Roundtable” is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at the LVCC, North Hall, room N254.

FCC commissioners Mignon Clyburn, Jessica Rosenworcel, Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly will begin by discussing allocating more licensed and unlicensed spectrum for mobile broadband, improving the accessibility of consumer technologies, increasing broadband adoption and speeds, fostering competition and innovative service offerings for consumers, and other topics related to technological convergence and communications.

For the second part of the roundtable, FTC commissioners Julie Brill, Maureen Ohlhausen, and Terrell McSweeny will address emerging policy issues surrounding IoT, balancing data privacy with consumer adoption of new services, and potential upcoming regulatory reform.