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Short Titles as Introduced

Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things Act

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Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

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

Actions Overview (1)

04/28/2016Introduced in House

All Actions (3)

04/29/2016Referred to the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade.
Action By: Committee on Energy and Commerce
04/28/2016Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Action By: House of Representatives
04/28/2016Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

Cosponsors (1)

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large]* 04/28/2016

Committees (1)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Energy and Commerce04/28/2016 Referred to
House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade04/29/2016 Referred to

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Introduced in House (04/28/2016)

Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things Act or the DIGIT Act

This bill requires the Department of Commerce to convene a working group of federal stakeholders to provide recommendations and a report to Congress regarding the Internet of Things (IoT) for the growing number of connected and interconnected devices. The bill establishes a steering committee to be composed of stakeholders outside the federal government to advise the working group.

The bill expresses the sense of Congress that IoT policies should maximize the potential and development of the IoT to benefit all stakeholders, including businesses, governments, and consumers.

The working group must: (1) identify federal laws and regulations, grant practices, budgetary or jurisdictional challenges, and other sector-specific policies that inhibit IoT development; (2) consider policies or programs that encourage and improve coordination among federal agencies with IoT jurisdiction; (3) implement recommendations from the steering committee; and (4) examine how federal agencies can benefit from, use, and prepare for the IoT.

The working group must consult with nongovernmental stakeholders. The steering committee must advise the working group about spectrum needs, individual privacy, security, and any international proceedings or negotiations affecting the IoT.

Within 18 months after enactment of this bill, the working group must report its findings and recommendations, its reasons for inaction on steering committee recommendations, and an accounting of any progress by federal agencies to implement recommendations.

The Federal Communications Commission must seek public comment on the IoT's spectrum needs and submit a summary of those comments to Congress.