Las Vegas, Nevada – The NAB Show, the world's largest annual conference and expo for professionals who create, manage, and distribute entertainment across all platforms, today featured a discussion between Gordon Smith, president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and Tom Wheeler, chairman of the FCC,as well as a keynote presentation from Mark Ramberg of Amazon Web Services and a Super Session that featured former FCC Chairman Robert McDowell and others debating the future and implications of net neutrality.
The day began with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler addressing NAB Show attendees at the annual "FCC Keynote," during which he provided his views on spectrum auctions and numerous issues facing the future of the broadcast industry. After his keynote, Wheeler was joined on stage by President and CEO of NAB, Gordon Smith, and the two sat down for an in-depth conversation around the important issues that both NAB and the FCC must work together to solve.
David Pogue, Yahoo tech columnist and host of NOVA ScienceNow, keynoted the NAB Show Radio Luncheon honoring popular national radio personality Steve Harvey, which saw the television host and best-selling author inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
Mark Ramberg, general manager of media and entertainment at Amazon Web Services, demonstrated to attendees how cloud services have enabled media and entertainment companies to address the challenges and complexity of offering consumers content anytime, anywhere, and on any device. He also explored how cloud technology is being leveraged by Hollywood to meet the infrastructure demands of upstream workflow scenarios in film and broadcast production.
Lastly, during "World Without Rules: Is This the End of the Open Internet?" moderator Amy Schatz, senior editor, Tech Policy of Re/code, was joined by former FCC Chairman Robert McDowell, Jessica Gonzalez of the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), Pantelis Michalopoulos at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, and Berin Szoka, president of TechFreedom, for a rousing debate around the merits and drawbacks of the FCC's proposed net neutrality rules.
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NAB Show, held April 5-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, is the world's largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. With more than 98,000 attendees from 159 countries and 1,700+ exhibiting companies, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. Complete details are available at www.nabshow.com.
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