I don’t get this question as frequently as I did in 2011 and 2012, but it still pops up occasionally. Thought I’d take the time to explain a little about the why and the background on this conference.
When we first proposed this conference to the CTA (then, CEA) staff in 2010 our stated goal was to increase the attendance of smaller telecom companies and broadband ISPs to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The largest telecom ISPs were already attending CES, but many of the smaller companies were not and saw no reason to do so. This seems pretty silly today, but broadband has moved quickly. Now, nearly every CE device that you see on the show floor is Internet-enabled. Broadband has been a real boon to the consumer electronics industry. And as we move into the world of the Internet of Things, telecom and cable broadband networks are even more critical and valuable. It’s that old network effect, the more the network is used the more valuable it becomes.