By Marjorie Dickman, Global Director and Associate General Counsel, Automated Driving and IoT Policy
Today, Intel is unveiling a milestone Internet of Things (IoT) policy report on Capitol Hill, along with our National IoT Strategy Dialogue partners: Samsung, the Information Technology Industry Council, the Semiconductor Industry Association and the U.S. Chamber Technology Engagement Center. The report marks the culmination of 16 months of technology industry collaboration, including extensive outreach to a range of federal government stakeholders for their input on advancing IoT policy.
The 28-page report sets forth strategic IoT policy recommendations for Congress and the Administration –working in partnership with industry – to establish America as the global IoT leader for decades to come. The recommendations include:
- Adopting a uniform broad-based definition of the IoT that contemplates both consumer and industrial segments, as an initial level-set for any future policymaking.
- Prioritizing the development and implementation of a National IoT Strategy. This starts with enactment of the bipartisan Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act, S.88 and H.R.686. The Act would create a foundation for U.S. policymakers and industry to work together to remove barriers to IoT innovation and develop a world-leading national IoT strategy.
- Ensuring coordination of IoT standards and regulations across the Federal government and internationally. This focuses on avoiding barriers to innovation, promoting global industry-led, consensus-based IoT standardization efforts and protecting the free flow of data across borders.
- Encouraging flexible federal policies that promote innovation and best practices for multi-layered IoT security. This includes promoting multi-stakeholder efforts, incentivizing hardware- and software-integrated security, and expanding consumer and small business education.
- Incentivizing investment in “smart,” secure and scalable data-driven infrastructure solutions to increase infrastructure safety, efficiency, and reliability. This will improve real-time decision-making and management of assets, enabling predictive maintenance, lowering long-term costs and increasing infrastructure life-span.
- Investing in IoT public-private partnerships, research and testbeds. Examples are those being driven by leading global industry consortia like the Industrial Internet Consortium, Open Connectivity Foundation and OpenFog Consortium.
Consistent with these recommendations, Intel has long advocated a national IoT strategy to help the U.S. reap the unprecedented economic and societal benefits that the IoT can deliver. In 2015, Intel was the first to advocate a national IoT strategy – in both our Senate Commerce Committee testimony and House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee testimony. And we applauded unanimous passage of the Senate IoT Resolution, S.Res. 110, calling for a national strategy to incentive development of the IoT.
In 2016, we support efforts by IoT policy thought leaders in the House and Senate to advance the DIGIT Act. Also, recognizing industry’s role and responsibility in working with government to ensure a successful U.S. IoT strategy, Intel co-launched the National IoT Strategy Dialogue initiative to convene industry to develop strategic recommendations for U.S. policymakers to advance America’s IoT leadership. These are the collaborative recommendations that we are unveiling today. And, in September 2016, Intel commended approval of the House IoT Resolution (H.Res. 847), which recognized the transformational economic and societal promise of the IoT and called for a national IoT strategy.
In January 2017, Intel supported re-introduction of the DIGIT Act in the House (H.R.686) by Congressmen Paulsen (R-MN) and Welch (D-VT), and the co-sponsorship of Reps. Meehan (R-PA), Gabbard (D-HI) and Kilmer (D-WA). And in August, we strongly applauded Senate passage of the bipartisan DIGIT Act (S.88), thanks to the leadership of IoT Senators Fischer (R-NE), Booker (D-NJ), Schatz (D-HI) and Gardner (R-CO). These policymakers understand the importance of harnessing the IoT’s vast opportunities for America, and Intel commends their forward-thinking vision to advance a national strategy for U.S. IoT leadership.
Intel is committed to continuing to work with the DIGIT Act co-sponsors and other stakeholders across government, industry and academia to collaboratively enable America’s promising IoT future. Implementing the pro-innovation, strategic policy recommendations unveiled in today’s report will accelerate and ensure this bright path for the nation – solving important societal challenges and driving U.S. competitiveness for years to come.