H.Res.847, Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives about a national strategy for the Internet of Things to promote economic growth and consumer empowerment

H.Res. 847

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives about a national strategy for the Internet of Things to promote economic growth and consumer empowerment

Date
September 12, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, September 12, 2016, the House will consider H.Res.847, Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives about a national strategy for the Internet of Things to promote economic growth and consumer empowerment, under suspension of the rules. The resolution was introduced on September 7, 2016 by Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 847 includes the following resolved clauses:

  • the United States should develop a national policy to encourage the development of the Internet of Things in a way that maximizes the promise connected technologies hold to empower consumers, foster future economic growth, and improve the Nation’s collective social well-being;
  • the United States should prioritize accelerating the development and deployment of the Internet of Things in a way that recognizes its benefits, allows for future innovation, an responsibly protects against misuse;
  • the United States should recognize the important role that businesses play in the future development of the Internet of Things and engage in inclusive dialogue with industry and work cooperatively wherever possible;
  • the United States Government should determine if using the Internet of Things can improve Government efficiency and effectiveness and cut waste, fraud, and abuse; and
  • using the Internet of Things, innovators in the United States should commit to improving the quality of life for future generations by developing safe, new technologies aimed at tackling the most societal issues facing the world.

Background

The Internet of Things is the proposed development of the Internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data. Currently, the Internet of Things connects tens of billions of devices worldwide and has the potential to generate trillions of dollars in economic opportunity. Increased connectivity can empower consumers in nearly every aspect of their daily lives, including in the fields of agriculture, education, energy, healthcare, public safety, security, and transportation, to name just a few.

The United States is the world leader in developing the Internet of Things technology, but the evolution of the Internet of Things is a nascent market. A national strategy could guide both public and private entities to produce breakthrough technologies and lead the world in innovation. Coordination between all stakeholders on relevant developments, impediments, and achievement is vital to the continued advancement of pioneering technology.

 

Cost

A Congressional Budget Office cost estimate is not available at this time

Additional Information

For questions about amendments or further information on the bill, contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 5-0190.