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April 12, 2016

National Telecommunications and Information Administration Set to Explore the Internet of Things

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Companies interested in the rapidly growing world of the Internet of Things (IoT) may want to participate in the recent Request for Comment (RFC) by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), an agency of the US Department of Commerce. NTIA seeks input from all interested stakeholders on a range of issues surrounding IoT, including, but not limited to, technological, infrastructure, economic, international, and policy issues. NTIA also seeks comments on the definition of IoT, described as "the broad umbrella term that seeks to describe the connection of physical objects, infrastructure, and environments to various identifiers, sensors, networks, and/or computing capability. In practice, it also encompasses the applications and analytic capabilities driven by getting data from, and sending instructions to, newly-digitized devices and components."

NTIA plans to analyze the comments and then issue a "green paper" identifying key issues impacting the deployment of IoT technologies, potential benefits and challenges, and possible roles for the federal government, in partnership with the private sector, to advance IoT technologies.

Comments are due on or before 5 p.m. Eastern Time on May 23, 2016.

For a more detailed discussion of NTIA's RFC, read Arnold & Porter's advisory,NTIA Seeks Comment on Policy Issues Related to the Internet of Things.

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