The US Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has joined the debate around IoT with a submission setting out its recommendations on what the US Government should do to promote IoT development, and calling for global co-ordination of technology and policy issues.
The TIA document calls on the US Government to “adopt policies that incentivise research and development on how to enhance underlying network capabilities and to maximise the use of limited resources such as spectrum” and to “defer to the multiple efforts in developing global standards that allow for interoperability of IoT technologies because they spur innovation, allow markets and the public to identify the most effective method, and offer a valuable source of scientific and technical information related to the industry.”
It claims: “The future of telecommunications and the world economy” lies with IoT,” and says all US Government regulatory efforts “should attempt to include cross-border coordination and alignment with policies of foreign entities as the marketplace for IoT goods and services will not be cordoned off by geographic or country borders.”
It notes that a number of foreign entities that have already begun to pursue and seek public input on the role of government in the Internet of Things, and it calls on the US Government to engage with those entities and identify opportunities for alignment. This effort, it says, “will enable the Internet of Things to flourish by removing geographic barriers when possible to how governments consider, regulate, and promote the IoT ecosystem.
It adds that many of the technological and policy issues discussed in its submission “will have to be addressed across the globe and policy activity that facilitates cross-border coordination will be crucial to furthering IoT advancement.”
The TIA also has advice for all governments, saying they will need to “adopt policies that incentivise research and development for innovative solutions on how to increase network capabilities and maximise the use of limited resources like spectrum.”