Look Who’s Now Not Set To Speak At CES


The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)‘s signature Consumer Electronics Show, commonly known as CES, is set to usher in 2017 with another dynamic series of conference panelists and featured speakers.

CES 2017 is set for Jan. 5-8, again in Las Vegas.

Guess who’s set to address attendees?

FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, Michael O’Reilly and Ajit Pai are set to be in attendance. So will FCC Chief Information Officer David Bray.

Who won’t be there?

Outgoing FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. Wheeler was originally scheduled to attend for one of his last official addresses in this role.

It was learned late Thursday (12/22) that he has a scheduling conflict and that his attendance at CES was tentative from the start.

Radio and television talk may take a back seat to topics such at net neutrality and the “Internet of Things,” the latter of which will see more than a dozen government officials working in the data analytics and Internet of Things space speak on the Government Business Executive Forum’s CES Government panels.

“Technology and innovation are major drivers of the U.S. economy and generate economic activity that amounts to over 10% of U.S. GDP and supports 15 million jobs,” said CTA President/CEO Gary Shapiro. ” Our industry promotes a better future by creating jobs and providing solutions to global challenges. 2017 will be a critical year for ensuring government and tech work together on common goals. We are proud that CES continues to provide the best forum for open dialogue among all levels of government and leaders in technology.”

The CES 2017 schedule highlights are as follows:

Thursday, January 5

Supersession: Insights with the FCC and FTC 

Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman, FTC

Tom Wheeler, Chairman, FCC

Internet of Things: Benefits, Challenges and Opportunities

Alan Davidson, Director of Digital Economy and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce

2017 Preview: FCC and FTC Roundtable

Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner, FCC

Terrell McSweeny, Commissioner, FTC

Maureen Ohlhausen, Commissioner, FTC

Michael O’Reilly, Commissioner, FCC

Ajit Pai, Commissioner, FCC

Friday, January 6

Trolls and Tech: How to Fix Patents

Michelle Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for IP, Director, U.S. Patent and Trade Office

Saturday, January 7

New President, New Congress: What’s Next? 

Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX)

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA)

Global Views on Drones and Regulation

Marke “Hoot” Gibson, Senior Advisor on UAS Integration, FAA