Senate Committee Approves Bill to Create National Internet of Things Strategy

Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb.

Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb. J. Scott Applewhite/AP

The DIGIT Act would convene IoT working groups to advise Congress on a national strategy.

The United States might be one step closer to having a unified strategy for using the Internet of Things to its economic advantage.

A Senate commerce committee on Wednesday passed the DIGIT Act, which would require the Federal Communications Commission to report on the spectrum required to support a network of billions of devices. It would also convene working groups, composed of public and private sector representatives, to advise Congress on Internet of Things-related policy.

The bill will head to the Senate floor, according to Sen. Deb Fischer’s office. The Nebraska Republican introduced the bill in March along with Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.

In March 2015, the Senate passed an Internet of Things resolution calling for a national strategy on the topic.