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9/11 Report Underscores Need For Hard Date To End Analog Broadcasts, Says CEA


Arlington, Virginia, 12/7/2005, The following statement was issued today by Consumer Electronics Association (CEA®) President and CEO Gary Shapiro in response to the 9/11 Public Discourse Project Report that noted the need for additional spectrum to improve communications between first responders during an emergency:

"The 9/11 Commission’s nationwide public education campaign has underscored the need for making spectrum available to improve and enhance emergency communications among first responders. This critical need can be met in part by setting a hard cut-off date for analog television broadcasts as currently under consideration in Congress.

"The return of the analog spectrum has immense public benefits, most importantly additional spectrum for first responders. The returned spectrum also will have enormous potential for the development of exciting new wireless technologies and capabilities including fast ubiquitous wireless broadband connectivity. The potential is great, promising a host of fantastic wireless applications yet to be developed.

“CEA calls for Congress to move quickly to finalize the budget reconciliation bills that include language for setting an end date for analog broadcasts. A hard deadline will deliver much needed confidence and clarity to consumers, manufacturers, broadcasters, first responders and all others with a stake in the transition to digital television. We pledge our full support in working with legislative officials and other stakeholders as this process moves forward and the final transition to digital television becomes a long-awaited reality.”

About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the consumer technology industry through technology policy, events, research, promotion and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA represents more than 2,000 corporate members involved in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and integration of audio, video, mobile electronics, wireless and landline communications, information technology, home networking, multimedia and accessory products, as well as related services that are sold through consumer channels. Combined, CEA’s members account for more than $122 billion in annual sales. CEA’s resources are available online at, the definitive source for information about the consumer electronics industry. CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES - Defining Tomorrow’s Technology. All profits from CES are reinvested into industry services, including technical training and education, industry promotion, engineering standards development, market research and legislative advocacy.


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