The SMART IoT Act and the Continued Absence of U.S. Public Sector Guidance

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4Q 2018 | IN-5334


Legislative Inaction


On November 28, 2018, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the State of Modern Application, Research, and Trends of IoT Act (the SMART IoT Act). The U.S. Senate still needs to vote to approve the bill before it can be signed into law, but the bill provides considerable insight into the overall goals of the U.S. Congress when it comes to shaping federal public policy regarding the Internet of Things (IoT). The billrequires the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to conduct a study on the state of the “internet-connected devices industry” in order to provide recommendations “for growth of the United States economy through the secure advancement of internet-connected devices.”

While it appears to be a step in the right direction toward supporting and guiding the growing IoT industry, the bill seems to be a partial rehash of 2016’s Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things Act (DIGIT Act) that sought to establish a working group tasked with identifying proposals to drive IoT growth. The working group created by the DIGIT Ac…

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