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Welch, Paulsen Introduce Bill to Remove Barriers to Growing the Internet of Things

January 24, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Peter Welch (VT-AL) and Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) have introduced the bipartisan Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act to facilitate planning and coordination among government and private entities to support expanded use of the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT is a network of physical, everyday objects that have network connectivity. Advances in technology could mean using the Internet of Things to create life-improving developments for everything from health care to transportation to energy management to simply ensuring a family’s groceries are fully stocked.

The DIGIT Act forms a working group consisting of businesses, nongovernmental stakeholders, and federal agencies that would issue guidance on potential regulatory barriers, current and future spectrum needs, and possible security concerns.

“The Internet of Things holds tremendous potential to not only improve everyday lives, but also solve the most difficult problems we face,” said Congressman Paulsen. “Technology is rapidly developing and this bipartisan initiative takes a proactive approach to addressing potential roadblocks to breakthroughs that will pave the way for countless technological advances.”

“The Internet of Things is changing our lives in countless ways, from increasing household energy efficiency to improving health outcomes to increasing yields for farmers,” said Congressman Welch. “As more devices become interconnected, the federal government should encourage growth and innovation that will benefit consumers and businesses alike.

A companion bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Deb Fisher (R-NE), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI).

Congressman Paulsen, a champion of small business and advocate of free enterprise, entrepreneurship, and innovation, serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, the bicameral Joint Economic Committee, and is co-chair of the Congressional Medical Technology Caucus. For more information on Congressman Paulsen’s work in Congress visit Paulsen.house.gov. 

Welch is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. For more information on Congressman Welch’s work in Congress visit Welch.house.gov.

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