Representatives Introduce “Internet of Things” Legislation to Prepare US for Future Demand

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March 7, 2023 | Originally published by on February 11, 2023

Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and John Katko (NY-24) reintroduced the Internet of Things (IoT) Readiness Act, bipartisan legislation that would prepare the US for the continued growth of IoT devices and devices that use 5G networks.

IoT devices, ranging from fitness watches to sensors that monitor traffic, require significant spectrum capacity so that information, such as time, location, and temperature, can be transmitted to and from other devices. Spectrum is a limited 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 these devices and their connectivity needs.