Commerce looks for advice on IoT


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The Department of Commerce wants the public to weigh in on how government can best help the Internet of Things contribute to the nation’s economic growth.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration — a Commerce Department agency that advises the president on Internet policy — issued a Request for Comment Wednesday to solicit public suggestions on ways to “foster IoT innovation,” the agency said.

After they get the comments, officials will draft a “green paper” identifying key policy issues for IoT technologies, “highlighting potential benefits and challenges, and outlining possible roles for the federal government in fostering the advancement of IoT technologies in partnership with the private sector.”

One example suggested by a Verizon State of the Market: Internet of Things 2016 report out Thursday, is the Drug Supply Chain Act, which gives pharmaceutical manufacturers until late 2017 to implement systems to digitally store and transfer transaction histories for prescription drugs across their entire global distribution network. The counterfeit drug market it is designed to combat is worth $75 billion a year, according to the World health Organization.

Intel commended NTIA’s move to address IoT issues, but hinted that more rules or legislation might not be to the way to do it. A U.S. “national strategy” for IoT should “include a plan to identify and remove barriers to IoT innovation and address how the government can best promote the deployment of secure, scalable and interoperable end-to-end IoT solutions,” wrote the company’s Global Director of Internet of Things Policy Margie Dickman, in an online statement

“It also should address how federal agencies can best harness IoT technology to drive their missions,” she added, calling the Request for Comment “a positive step.”

“Intel looks forward to participating in the important discourse in this proceeding,” she concluded.

Comments must be filed to NTIA’s Office of Policy Analysis and Development by 5 pm on May 23, 2016 via email, at  

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