Last month Rep DelBene (D,WA) introduced HR 981,
the IoT Readiness Act of 2021. The bill would require the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) to collect, maintain and report upon “data on
the growth in the use of Internet of Things devices and devices that use 5G
mobile networks in order to determine the amount of electromagnetic spectrum
required to meet the demand created by such use” {§3(a)}.

Definitions

Section 4 of the bill provides definitions of two key terms
used in the bill: ‘Commission’ and ‘Internet of Things device’. The later is
defined as “a device that uses a network to communicate and share data with
other devices” {§4(2)}.

Moving Forward

Neither DelBene nor her cosponsor {Rep Katko (R,NY) are members
of the House Energy and Commerce to which this bill was assigned for
consideration. This means that it is unlikely that there is sufficient
influence for the bill to be considered in Committee.

I see nothing in this bill that would engender any significant
opposition. If it were considered in Committee, I would expect that it would
receive bipartisan support. The bill would probably receive enough bipartisan
support for it to be considered by the Whole House under the suspension of the
rules process.

Commentary

While this bill uses the term ‘IoT’ prominently in the
title, it really has little to do with IoT issues. It is really about the
adequacy of the existing 5g network spectrum to handle the expected explosion
of 5G devices. This means that the overly expansive definition of the term ‘Internet
of Things device’ is not a problem as it is used in this bill.

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