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Sen. Cantwell and Rep. DelBene seek $220M/year in federal funding for ‘smart city’ programs

Sen. Cantwell and Rep. DelBene seek $220M/year in federal funding for ‘smart city’ programs

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Washington, D.C., October 2, 2017 | comments
A new bill introduced by Washington state Sen. Maria Cantwell and Rep. Suzan DelBene would set aside $220 million a year in federal funding to help local governments implement smart city technology over five years. “Smart,” in this case, is a blanket term for internet-connected, data-collecting devices for city services like utilities, transportation, and public safety.

The earmarked funds would toward programs like equipping public pipes with leak detection technology to reduce water waste, or implementing streetlights that allow transportation authorities to monitor traffic conditions.

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