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NTIA to Sponsor DTV Expo in September

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will host a digital television transition public meeting, expo, and networking event, Sept. 25 at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

The NTIA is tasked with administering the DTV converter box program to distribute coupons to eligible citizens in advance of the analog shutoff in February 2009. The expo—designed to solicit public input from industry executives, constituency group leaders and government officials—will be the second such meeting held by the NTIA.

The meeting will include two panel sessions where featured speakers will discuss their DTV transition strategies and take questions from the public. The complete agenda will be released at a later date.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Kyle McSlarrow, CEO and President of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association
  • David Rehr, CEO and President of the National Association of Broadcasters
  • Loriene Roy, President of the American Library Association
  • Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association

Invited speakers include:

  • Larry Harris, Executive Vice President, RadioShack
  • Bill Novelli, CEO, AARP
  • Roberto Salazar, Administrator, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
  • Walter Ulloa, Chairman and CEO, Entravision Communications

More than a dozen organizations and companies will exhibit products, services, and activites related to the digital transition in the U.S. Department of Commerce Lobby, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Expo participants include:

  • Association of Public Television Stations
  • Consumer Electronics Association
  • Consumer Electronics Retailers Coalition
  • DirecTV
  • EchoStar
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • National Association of Broadcasters
  • National Cable & Telecommunications Association
  • NBC Weather Plus+
  • Verizon FiOS

The U.S. Dept. of Commerce is located at 1401 Constitution Ave., NW in Washington. For more information, visit