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DelBene, Issa Release Report Highlighting How the FCC Could Do More to Ensure Devices Work in the IoT Age

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Washington, D.C., November 27, 2017 | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) and Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) released a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report they requested a year ago on issues that could arise related to wireless spectrum and increased use of the Internet of Things (IoT). The report is entitled “Internet of Things: FCC Should Track Growth to Ensure Sufficient Spectrum Remains Available,” and it addresses spectrum challenges related to IoT, how the federal government plans for IoT’s spectrum needs and how leading countries prepare for IoT’s spectrum needs.

“If the United States wants to remain a leader in innovation and technology, it’s incredibly important we understand the challenges that will arise as the demand for spectrum skyrockets,” DelBene said. “This important GAO report will help ensure we avoid self-inflicted wounds by preparing today to meet the growing demand for spectrum that billions of internet-connected devices will bring tomorrow.”

“As the Internet of Things becomes increasingly integrated into our everyday lives, we must ensure that the infrastructure is in place to make this ecosystem live up to its full potential,” Issa said. “I’m very grateful the report will provide helpful guidance for how both Congress and the Administration can take proactive steps to ensure the vitality of this burgeoning sector of the digital economy.”

The report found that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should track the growth in high-bandwidth IoT devices and IoT devices that rely on unlicensed spectrum. FCC did not believe these actions are necessary but noted that it would ask its Technical Advisory Council to periodically review and report on IoT’s growth. GAO continues to believe the recommendations are valid. The full report can be read HERE.

DelBene and Issa co-founded the IoT Caucus to help educate fellow lawmakers about the opportunities and challenges this growing industry presents. By 2020, it is estimated that 20 billion internet connected devises – or IoT devices – such as wristbands, phones, thermostats and even kitchen appliances will be in use. It is expected that the IoT industry will generate trillions of dollars in economic activity.


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