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S. 2607 (114th): DIGIT Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 1, 2016 (Introduced).


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114th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2607

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 1, 2016

(for herself, Ms. Ayotte, Mr. Booker, and Mr. Schatz) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

A BILL

To ensure appropriate spectrum planning and interagency coordination to support the Internet of Things.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things Act or DIGIT Act.

2.

Findings; sense of Congress

(a)

Findings

Congress finds that—

(1)

the Internet of Things refers to the growing number of connected and interconnected devices;

(2)

estimates indicate that more than 50,000,000,000 devices will be connected by the year 2020;

(3)

the Internet of Things has the potential to generate trillions of dollars in economic opportunity;

(4)

businesses across the country can simplify logistics, cut costs, and pass savings on to consumers by utilizing the Internet of Things and related innovations derived from it;

(5)

the United States leads the world in the development of technologies that support the Internet, and the United States technology sector is well positioned to lead in the development of technologies for the Internet of Things;

(6)

the United States Government can implement this technology to better deliver services to the public; and

(7)

the Senate unanimously passed Senate Resolution 110, 114th Congress, agreed to March 24, 2015, a resolution calling for a national strategy for the development of the Internet of Things.

(b)

Sense of Congress

It is the sense of Congress that policies governing the Internet of Things should aim to maximize the potential and development of the Internet of Things to the benefit of stakeholders including businesses, governments, and consumers.

3.

Strategic planning for the Internet of Things

(a)

Definitions

In this section—

(1)

the term appropriate committees of Congress means—

(A)

the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate; and

(B)

the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives;

(2)

the term Commission means the Federal Communications Commission;

(3)

the term Secretary means the Secretary of Commerce; and

(4)

the term working group means the working group convened under subsection (b)(1).

(b)

Working group

(1)

In general

The Secretary shall convene a working group of Federal stakeholders to provide recommendations to Congress on how to appropriately plan for and encourage the proliferation of the Internet of Things in the United States.

(2)

Duties

The working group shall examine the following aspects of the Internet of Things:

(A)

Current and future spectrum needs.

(B)

The regulatory environment, including identification of sector-specific regulations, Federal grant practices, and budgetary or jurisdictional challenges.

(C)

Consumer protection.

(D)

Privacy and security.

(E)

The current use of the technology by Federal agencies and their preparedness to adopt it in the future.

(3)

Agency representatives

In convening the working group under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall have discretion to appoint representatives and shall specifically consider seeking representation from—

(A)

the Department of Transportation;

(B)

the Federal Communications Commission;

(C)

the Federal Trade Commission;

(D)

the National Science Foundation;

(E)

the Department of Commerce, including—

(i)

the National Telecommunications and Information Administration;

(ii)

the National Institute of Standards and Technology; and

(iii)

the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and

(F)

the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

(4)

Nongovernmental stakeholders

The working group shall consult with nongovernmental stakeholders, including—

(A)

key industry sectoral stakeholders and subject matter experts;

(B)

information and communications technology manufacturers, suppliers, and vendors;

(C)

small, medium, and large businesses;

(D)

consumer groups; and

(E)

other stakeholders with relevant expertise, as determined by the Secretary.

(5)

Recommendations to Congress

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the working group shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report on the findings and recommendations of the working group under this subsection.

(c)

Assessing spectrum needs To support the Internet of Things

(1)

In general

The Commission, in consultation with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, shall conduct a study to evaluate the current and future spectrum needs of the Internet of Things.

(2)

Requirements

In conducting the study under paragraph (1), the Commission shall consider and evaluate—

(A)

whether there is adequate licensed and unlicensed spectrum availability to support the growing Internet of Things;

(B)

what regulatory barriers may exist to providing any needed licensed and unlicensed spectrum for the Internet of Things; and

(C)

what the role of licensed and unlicensed spectrum is in the growth of the Internet of Things.

(3)

Report

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Commission shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report containing recommendations relating to the study conducted under paragraph (1).