April 22, 2016

The U.S. Department of Commerce Requests Public Comment on Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things

From: Notice & Comment, A blog by the Yale Journal on Regulation  and the ABA Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice

by Jeff Weiss

On April 6, 2016, a Request for Comment on “The Benefits, Challenges, and Potential Roles for the Government in Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things” was published in the Federal Register. As noted in the preamble to the Notice, which was initiated by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce:

“Recognizing the vital importance of the Internet to U.S. innovation, prosperity, education, and civic and cultural life, the Department of Commerce has made it a top priority to encourage growth of the digital economy and ensure that the Internet remains an open platform for innovation. Thus, as part of the Department’s Digital Economy Agenda, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is initiating an inquiry regarding the Internet of Things (IoT) to review the current technological and policy landscape. Through this Notice, NTIA seeks broad input from all interested stakeholders — including private industry, researchers, academia, and civil society — on the potential benefits and challenges of these technologies and what role, if any, the U.S. Government should play in this area. After analyzing the comments, the Department intends to issue a “green paper” that identifies key issues impacting deployment of these technologies, highlights potential benefits and challenges, and identifies possible roles for the federal government in fostering the advancement of IoT technologies in partnership with the private sector.”

The Notice poses numerous questions with respect to IoT, including:

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