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Monday AM April 27th, 2009

A consumer electronics industry event in Washington D.C. looked at big issues affecting the industry. Ed Mayberry reports.


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The recent Washington Forum focused on technology policy, free trade and the final conversion to digital television on June 12th.  Shawn Dubravac with the Consumer Electronics Association says the industry and consumers are considering the environment.

“Definitely, the movement towards more energy-efficient products — products that are more easily recycled — is a growing movement.  The Green movement, if you will, is an important catalyst in the industry as both technology companies and consumers come together to try to figure out the most meaningful way of recycling products — giving them a second life, or otherwise dealing with them as they are moved from one household to the next.” 

The effects of the economy are also being felt in the electronics industry.

“It’s definitely been a very difficult environment.  The economy over the last few quarters has impacted the industry.  Still, in talking with the CEOs over the last day or two, many of them remain, I would say, cautiously optimistic about 2009 and certainly a little bit more bullish about 2010.  And they’re beginning to look towards the holiday season as the glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.”

A speaker from the Obama campaign discussed technology’s role in the presidential campaign and in the new administration.  A politician talked about the importance of consumer technology in improving lives, stressing the need for free trade agreements.  Panelists discussed making the transition to digital television smoother. 

Ed Mayberry, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.

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