CEA Honors Internet Inventor, Congressmen as Digital Patriots
Upton praised CEA for pursuing policies that make job growth possible. "Your industry has done as much as any other" in terms of creating jobs, he said. He also told a story about how, on Sept. 10, 2001, he had a conversation with then-FCC Chairman Michael Powell about the wonders of then-new BlackBerry technology. After the terrorist attacks the next day, Upton's BlackBerry was the only way to get in touch with his family.
The third honoree was Vint Cerf, the "father of the Internet," who has served as a vice president and Internet Evangelist since 2005. Cerf praised the industry for taking technologies in amazing directions, because "innovation without adoption is a kind of fruitless enterprise."
After an "Al Gore invented the Internet" joke, Cerf stated that the former vice president "had a great deal to do with conditions that led to the commercial Internet," echoing sentiments that Cerf has put into writing in the past. In fact, Cerf told Dealerscope in an interview after the speech, he and Gore have since become friends.