DIGIT act reintroduced in the US Senate

22 May 2019

According to publication, the Developing and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act was reintroduced at the US Senate, by senators from both parties. The bill focuses on ensuring the prioritisation; spectrum planning, and interagency co-ordination to support the growth of Internet of Things (IoT). If enacted, the bill would assemble a working group of federal entities and private sector stakeholders tasked with providing recommendations to Congress on how to promote the growth of IoT. The bill has the support of several groups, including the US Chamber of Commerce, the Competitive Carriers Association, the Consumer Technology Association, Intel, the Information Technology Industry Council, the Telecommunications Industry Association, and the Center for Data Innovation.

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The Internet of Things (IoT) includes a wide range of Internet-connected devices, from highly digitalised cars, home appliances (e.g. fridges), and smart watches, to digitalised clothes that can monitor health. IoT devices are often connected in wide-systems, typically described as 'smart houses' or 'smart cities'.

The impact of the Internet on businesses and the global economy has been crucial in shaping new economic models, and at the same time, raising new concerns.

The Internet is one of the primary drivers of economic growth, which is visible in many countries that have placed the development of ICT as one of the primary tools for boosting the economy.

The telecommunications infrastructure is a physical medium through which all Internet traffic flows.

 

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