Shapiro & Chopra on the Transition and More
CEA president and CEO Gary Shapiro termed today’s historic end of analog television broadcasting as “both the finish line and the starting line,” at a speech yesterday during Day Two of the CEA Line Shows event in New York City.
“In the next few days we should be celebrating,” he said. “We did what other countries didn’t do. The U.S. did it right. We started with 23 systems, got it down to the best five and melded them into the best of the best over 10 years ago… So here we are, after an incredibly unprecedented bipartisan partnership, and we achieved our mission – that almost everyone in the U.S. knew the deadline and what their options were.”
The eve of the transition also elicited comment from Aneesh Chopra, the Obama Administration’s new director for technology in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, who gave his first speech in the position to a CEA Line Show audience of analysts and press.
Chopra framed the transition in the larger context of its being a starting point for technology becoming “woven into the entire fabric of our strategy. What we’ve done is taken the real estate of the broadcast spectrum and repurposed it to do more with less, freeing up capacity… With the delay from February to June, we’ve cut in half the households not yet ready and there will be some concerns tomorrow, he stated, but said there would be a call center, a web site, and AmeriCorps volunteers at the ready. “We will have done all in our power,” he said.
“As chief technology officer, it is incumbent upon me to achieve the goal of harnessing the power of technology and innovation to advance our nation’s economy,” he pledged.
He cited what he termed “four pillars” that would mark his goals in the newly created Administration position. The first three pillars are: to harness potential for economic growth where technology-based innovation will play a significant role; to bring innovation platforms to bear on addressing key long-term priorities touching on health care and dependence on foreign oil; and to ensure the safety and security of the technology infrastructure.