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Bill Gates to receive industry award at CEA's Digital Patriots Dinner

The CEA has announced that Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates will be presented with the Industry Digital Patriot Award for his lifelong commitment to technological innovation and the digital transition. Gates will receive the award at the CEA’s second annual Digital Patriots Dinner March 15, 2006, in Washington, DC.

The Digital Patriots Dinner is part of the CEA’s Entertainment Technology Summit, which takes place March 14-17, 2006, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The event will include conference programming, beginning with the HDTV Summit: Pipelines, Spectrum and the American Consumer on Wednesday, March 15. The HDTV Summit also will feature the 2005 Academy of Digital Television Pioneers Awards luncheon where industry and government leaders will be recognized by their peers for their contributions to the analog to digital television transition. The DTV Academy Awards honor excellence in all aspects of digital television content development, content delivery and DTV transition leadership.

On Thursday, March 16, CEA’s Entertainment Technology Summit will feature a new day-long conference titled "New Content, Delivery and Devices." The remainder of the Entertainment Technology Summit will focus on CEA membership division meetings and networking opportunities.

Registration details and additional programming information will be available online at

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