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DelBene, Cantwell Introduce Bill to Boost Smart Cities

DelBene, Cantwell Introduce Bill to Boost Smart Cities

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Washington, D.C., October 2, 2017 | comments

Rep. Suzan DelBene and Sen. Maria Cantwell unveiled legislation Oct. 2 that would authorize a $1.1 billion, five-year initiative to improve U.S. infrastructure through smart city technologies.

DelBene (D-Wash.) and Cantell (D-Wash.) are aiming to bolster federal resources, reporting and coordination with localities to ensure communities of all sizes can better implement sensors, data analytics and software to upgrade government services. Dozens of urban areas in the U.S. have begun using smart city technologies developed by companies such as Verizon Communications Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc.

“The United States has been an unmatched leader in innovation, and if we want to stay on top, we need to be proactive about the huge opportunities that come with investing in emerging smart city technologies,” DelBene told Bloomberg BNA in a statement about the legislation (H.R. 3895).


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