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Dec 22, 2015
Internet Video Leaders Announce Interoperability Effort

Today, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ - formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® - announced the formation of the Global Internet Video Ecosystem (GIVE) Project. The GIVE Project is a coordinated global drive towards interoperability of over-the-top (OTT) streaming video across player devices, operating systems, browsers and app software involved in making video work on consumer devices. Founding members of the GIVE Steering Committee include leaders in content, infrastructure, technology and displays such as Adobe, Akamai, LG Electronics, Samsung, Sky-UK, Sony, Starz and WWE. Full Release


Dec 18, 2015
Consumers Technology Association Applauds Passage of Senate Chemical Safety Reform Bill

The following statement is attributed to Walter Alcorn, vice president of environmental affairs and industry sustainability, Consumer Technology Association (CTA) ™ - formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) ® - regarding the Senate's passage of S. 697, the "Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act:" "Our nation's chemical safety laws will now be updated and strengthened thanks to the Senate's overwhelming support to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Sensible TSCA reform was long overdue. That vacuum led to a proliferation of costly and ineffective state-based chemical regulatory programs that confuse consumers and manufacturers alike."
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Dec 17, 2015
Copyright Royalty Board Announces New Rates for Internet Radio

The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ - formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® - regarding the Copyright Royalty Board's (CRB) decision in the "Webcasting IV" rate-setting proceedings:"We believe the rate announced today by CRB provides valuable certainty to the entire Internet radio industry." Full Release


Dec 17, 2015
Emerging UAS Technology Deserves Federal Guidance, Not Conflicting Local Rules, says Consumer Technology Association

The following statement is attributed to Douglas Johnson, vice president, technology policy, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM - formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® - and member of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) UAS Registration Task Force, regarding the new FAA State and Local Regulation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Fact Sheet: We appreciate the FAA reminding state and local officials that the federal government has exclusive jurisdiction over UAS safety, including flight altitudes, flight paths and no-fly zones." Full Release


Dec 16, 2015
One Trillion Dollar ITA Deal Means "New Chapter" in Trade, Says Consumer Technology Association

The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ - formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® - regarding the successful conclusion of the final Information Technology Agreement (ITA) expansion proposal: "The U.S. and our world partners wrote a new chapter in our global trading system today in Nairobi." Full Release


Dec 14, 2015
FAA Embraces Many of Task Force's Recommendations Regarding Drone Registration

The following statement is attributed to Douglas Johnson, vice president, technology policy, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ - formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® - and member of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) UAS Registration Task Force, regarding the FAA's announcement of its small UAS registration rule: "We appreciate the FAA's decision to embrace many of the Task Force's recommendations regarding a consumer drone registration system. However, we disagree with the decision to impose a five-dollar registration fee - a 'drone tax,' which will hamper registration and discourage compliance. Full Release


Dec 11, 2015
Absence of Chinese Participation in Nairobi/ITA Finalization Would Signal Ineptitude as Global Trade Agreement Partner, says Consumer Technology Association

The following statement is attributed to Sage Chandler, vice president, international trade, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ - formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® - and former United States Trade Representative negotiator regarding concerns about the pending finalization of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) expansion: "While the finalization of this historic ITA agreement is within immediate reach, there are new concerns that China's inadequate preparation and cooperation will derail the process." Full Release


Dec 10, 2015
Smart Watches Top Planned Purchases for Health and Fitness Tech in 2016, Reports Consumer Technology Association

Of the 74 percent of online American adults who are likely to purchase health and fitness technology in the next 12 months, one in three (35 percent) plan to buy a smartwatch, according to the latest research from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®Full Release


Dec 10, 2015
Consumer Technology Association Congratulates FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel on Committee Confirmation

The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, CEO and president, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM – formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® – regarding the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee confirmation of Jessica Rosenworcel to serve a second consecutive term as commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC): “Commissioner Rosenworcel has shown herself to be a champion for our digital future, leading the way on issues that impact consumers’ and innovators’ access to modern communications networks, advance the nation’s economy and promote technological innovation." Full Release


Dec 10, 2015
Fee-based Drone Registration Could Burden Consumers and Discourage Compliance, Says Consumer Technology Association

The following statement is attributed to Douglas Johnson, vice president, technology policy, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ - formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® - and member of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) UAS Registration Task Force, regarding the FAA's pending drone registration rules: "The FAA's UAS Registration Task Force - comprised of a wide range of stakeholders and viewpoints - developed a consensus set of recommendations regarding a registration system for consumer, recreational and hobbyist drones, pursuant to a directive from the Department of Transportation (DOT). To be successful, an efficient drone registration system with widespread compliance must be simple, easy and free." Full Release

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