Maggie Miller: Lawmakers introduce bipartisan bill to allow for increased use of internet-connected devices
12/02/2021 – 08:19
Reps. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) and John Katko (R-N.Y.) on Thursday introduced legislation intended to allow for growth of the number of internet-connected devices and the expansion of spectrum to meet the expected increased demand.
The Internet of Things (IoT) Readiness Act would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to collect data on the growth of internet-connected devices that depend on 5G networks in order to quantify the amount of spectrum needed to support the devices.
The legislation was introduced as internet-connected devices continue to multiply, including everything from mobile phones to laptops to internet-connected kitchen appliances, with the amount of devices only expected to continue to increase in coming years.