Mike v. Gary: Rumble in the Concrete Jungle

FCC Chairman Michael Powell and CEA CEO Gary Shapiro will go one-on-one at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

In one corner, Powell, the heavyweight of media regulators in Washington, D.C., will come out swinging words about the top public policy issues facing the consumer technology industry. In the other corner, Shapiro, the heavyweight Beltway lobbyist for the consumer electronics makers, will deftly squeeze in various free-market force arguments.

The bout will take place on Friday, Jan. 9 at 7:30 a.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center Room N257. The 2004 International CES runs January 8-11.

"We are excited and honored to welcome back Chairman Powell and offer to our attendees the opportunity to hear from one of the most important and influential government officials in the world," Shapiro taunted.

Other match-ups at CES include a Congressional Panel on Friday, at 3 p.m., moderated by CEA Vice President of Technology Policy Michael Petricone. Panelists will include Tom Davis (R-Va.), Norman Coleman (R-Minn.) and Joe Barton (R-Texas) discussing major technology policy issues faced by the new Congress.

On Saturday, Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. the inaugural International Leaders in Technology Forum will bring together several senior government officials from around the world to discuss common technology issues. International dignitaries scheduled to speak include: Dr. Daeje Chin, minister, Ministry of Information and Communication (Korea); Matthias Kurth, president, Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications and Posts (Germany); Masahiro Tabata, senior vice minister, Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications (Japan).