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Trump Administration Has Unique Opportunity to Advance IoT, Says CTA

Arlington, VA – November 16, 2016 – 

Today, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ released a white paper outlining a national strategy to promote the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), a critical policy area given estimates that 50 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020. The white paper recommends specific policies and other steps, such as improving interagency coordination and increasing spectrum availability, to promote economic growth through expansion of the IoT.

“The Internet of Things has become omnipresent in the lives of tens of millions of Americans, providing money-, energy- and life-saving technologies,” said Gary Shapiro, CTA president and CEO. “We need the Trump Administration to do all that it can to promote innovation in the IoT. The incoming Administration has an opportunity to facilitate the creation and production of never-before-imagined devices that will improve our world. By following the recommendations outlined in this paper, we can achieve unprecedented advancements in IoT technologies over the coming years."

Serving as an especially timely guide during this presidential transition period in Washington, CTA’s new report makes the following recommendations:

  1. Rely on the industry to help. The rapid pace of innovation positions the technology industry to develop solutions to today’s challenges surrounding the IoT, including concerns over security and privacy. Industry stakeholders have the capacity and expertise to rectify issues faster than a stifling and expensive regulatory process.

  2. Develop a federal stakeholder group. Although the National Institute of Standards and Technology has formed a working group to address IoT, the discussion of related policy-issues should be holistic. To that end, the Trump administration should generate a cooperative, cross-agency working group that improves federal coordination of IoT resources and considers policies that encourage the growth of IoT.

  3. Maximize spectrum usage for IoT. In order to facilitate IoT innovation, the government should make more spectrum available for innovation and the growth of this massively consequential industry. Access to spectrum is essential to the continued success of current IoT technologies and the development of future innovations. Aggressively facilitating access to spectrum in this space, through efforts such as the bipartisan Congressional Internet of Things Working Group, will ensure entrepreneurs have the resources needed to thrive and create the devices of the future. 

“Among our most significant policy recommendations for the next Administration is that the default standard setting and regulatory process should not lie with a single body of the American bureaucracy,” said Shapiro. “Efforts to resolve the issues that inevitably accompany progress should be consensus-driven and led by industry stakeholders, in concert with federal agencies. This will ensure we maintain and promote an environment conducive to innovation and growth, while also protecting the safety and security of consumers across America.”

The white paper is available here