A bipartisan duo of lawmakers this week introduced legislation that would determine if today’s spectrum allocation is enough to accommodate the expanding use of internet of things devices.
Reps. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., and John Katko, R-N.Y., on July 17 introduced the Internet of Things (IoT) Readiness Act, which instructs the Federal Communications Commission to provide Congress with the data it needs to handle the increasing growth of internet-connected devices.
“Spectrum is a finite resource, and if the available spectrum cannot accommodate the devices in the same vicinity, the signals will interfere with each other and cause them to fail,” DelBene’s office said in a July 17 press release.
DelBene and Katko both are co-chairs of the Internet of Things Caucus.
"As co-chair of the Internet of Things Caucus, I believe it is time for the FCC to include Congress in the spectrum planning conversation," DelBene said. "The United States can’t afford to wait around while other countries are implementing IoT readiness plans."