CEA Policy Roundup: The Election, Trade and Net Neutrality
November 13, 2014

CEA president and CEO Gary Shapiro didn't bring up net neutrality during the policy section of his initial remarks during the CEA press conference Tuesday in New York, touching on such other issues as trade, immigration reform and infrastructure investment. But in the Q&A period, and in a brief interview afterward, Shapiro made it clear that he has major misgivings with President Obama's announced intention this week to regulate the Internet as a utility. 

CEA Opposes NTSB Phone-Disabling Recommendation
May 8, 2012

The Consumer Electronics Association has come out against a recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to develop technology that can disable portable electronic devices while a car is in use.

CEA’s Shapiro Calls for Easing of ‘Spectrum Crunch’
June 23, 2011

Consumer Electronics Association president and CEO Gary Shapiro on Thursday called for swift adoption by Congress of legislation that will free up 300MHz of the wireless broadband spectrum, alleviating what he termed the “spectrum crunch” developing due to the dramatic increase in wireless broadband use.

Government Prepares To Make "Google The Next Microsoft" (GOOG)
May 2, 2011

The Federal Trade Commission is calling up Google's rivals telling them to assemble a dossier on the company's dominance of the search market for an investigation, Bloomberg reports : The agency told the companies that it plans to issue so- called civil investigative demands for the information, said the people, who requested anonymity because the FTC hasn’t made the matter public. The demands are similar to subpoenas. The FTC, which has been considering a broad investigation, waited until the Justice Department concluded its own review of Mountain View, California-based Google’s acquisition of ITA

Apple, Google to Testify Before Senate on Mobile Privacy
April 29, 2011

 Senator Al Franken released a statement today thanking Apple and Google for agreeing to attend a hearing on mobile technology and privacy. According to Franken, the goal of the hearing is to "serve as a first step in investigating if federal law protecting consumer privacy-particularly when it relates to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets-is keeping pace with advances in technology."

Health Insurance and the Small Business
January 27, 2011

(Editor's Note: Ed Sachs has stepped away from writing the Sachs Report, but for the next couple of weeks, we're going to be running "best of" editions in this space; a new newsletter will be launching soon in its place. In this column, from last fall, Ed talks about employers and health insurance:) As hard as it may be for many of you to believe, I have not yet reached the age of eligibility for Social Security and Medicare. A lot of that has to do with genetics and how youthful I still appear. After all, I was carded to buy an adult beverage as recently as 48 years ago.

The reason I bring this to your attention is that my family and I have just concluded the horrifying experience of finding health insurance coverage, at least until I am able to put my medical needs in the hands of the government. I now have even greater respect for the decision of my previous employer aggreeing to pay for my family's health coverage until just last month.

Pushing the Innovation Agenda
January 6, 2011

Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, wasted no time describing the theme of this year's International CES—innovation.

"Innovation is the engine for global economy," he said, adding that all sectors need to embrace innovation as a central element to economic growth.

CEA's cause, Shapiro says, is a cause of innovation. The organization is focused on fighting for an innovation-focused agenda. "We will continue to improve, create and find a better way to challenge the status quo," Shapiro said.

What They’re Thinking: Gary Shapiro
December 22, 2010

Gary Shapiro's new book, "The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream," contends that America should return innovation to the heart of its economic policy. Billed as "a blueprint for America's success in the new century," the book will be available on and

Why did I write the book? I'm passionate and believe in this country and its greatness and want to preserve it. I can't stand to sit by passively while a great country is being destroyed.

Second, as a relatively new father... I look at my son, and I think 'My God, what kind of world he will inherit, and what have we done?'

The third is combined with what is best for the consumer electronics industry: the United States' need for a healthy economy. I have an economics degree, and almost anyone with an economics degree agrees with me: Our country is going the wrong direction.

Business in Wonderland
December 16, 2010

Shame on me for all the time it took to finally understand that those of us in the business world have been doing everything backwards. How silly of us all, really. Instead of thinking that government begin acting more like a business, we should have been running our businesses more like the government all along. All of the Sachs Reports you have copied and saved need now be brought to the shredder and destroyed. You could, of course, simply send them over to Wikileaks and cut out the middleman. This would allow for open publication and more people could then identify how foolish I have been in my thinking these last few years. For my loyal readers who are already well aware of my foolishness, this might prove to be a bit redundant.

All About the Customer
December 2, 2010

This Thanksgiving, I was thankful for the great Peter Drucker and his 1973 book, "Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices." More specifically, I was referring to the wisdom of Mr. Drucker, who wrote what I think are the most important five words in that book: "The customer defines the business."