WASHINGTON — The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) last month presented its Digital Patriots Awards to Vinton G. Cerf, one of the “Fathers of the Internet”; Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.); and Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) for their contributions to furthering CE technology and innovation.
Cerf, currently VP/chief Internet technologist with Google since 2005, is the codesigner of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet with his colleague Robert E. Kahn, and has received numerous other awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.
Rep. Doyle serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which he has championed innovation through the protection of “fair use” issues and has also been a congressional leader in promoting the availability of reliable, affordable, high-speed broadband Internet service in the U.S., according to CEA.
Rep. Upton is a member of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and Internet, which has jurisdiction over newly emerging high-tech issues like telemedicine, broadband deployment and the wiring of classrooms for Internet access. He has been a long time proponent of DTV, along with other critical issues, CEA said.
He noted how technology has changed and become more available since he worked for his congressman years ago on Thanksgiving weekend, because the office had an electric typewriter to write his resume and he couldn’t afford one at home.
The keynote speaker of the evening was Ambassador Ron Kirk, the U.S. Trade Representative, who discussed free trade, fair trade.
The event was held at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, here, with proceeds from the dinner going to Telecoms Without Borders.