DelBene Introduces ‘Internet of Things’ Legislation to Prepare U.S. for Future Use of Smart Devices
Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) introduced the Internet of Things (IoT) Readiness Act, which would prepare the U.S. for the continued growth of ‘smart devices’ and technology that connects to 5G networks.
IoT devices, ranging from fitness watches to traffic cameras, require significant 5G spectrum capacity to share data such as time, location, and temperature. 5G spectrum is a finite resource and if the available capacity cannot accommodate all the devices in the same vicinity, the signals will interfere with each other and cause them to fail.
The IoT Readiness Act directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to collect and provide Congress with the data needed to be prepared for the continued growth of this technology and its connectivity needs.
For example, during the introduction of smartphones, the number of devices that could access the internet increased dramatically. Cellular networks became overwhelmed, and the FCC had to go through the lengthy and burdensome process of reallocating spectrum. Now, IoT devices are facing the same problem.
“IoT and smart devices are growing in popularity in our homes and businesses to improve safety, efficiency, and convenience but that would grind to a halt if we do not have enough 5G spectrum available to handle the demands of this growing technology. This legislation would require the FCC to assess current spectrum supply and determine how much is necessary to meet the demands of IoT growth in the future,” said DelBene. “The United States can’t afford to wait around while other countries are implementing IoT readiness plans. The time for action is now.”
The text of the Internet of Things Readiness Act can be found here.
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