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President Elect Trump Has Unique Opportunity to Advance IoT, Says CTA

CTA white paper outlines specific policy recommendations for the incoming Trump administration in the effort to maximize IoT impact on economy and innovation.

President Elect Trump Has Unique Opportunity to Advance IoT, Says CTA

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A 2015 Politico investigation reveals that "new networked-object technologies are covered by at least two dozen separate federal agencies – from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from aviation to agriculture – and more than 30 different congressional committees."

This is just one of the many insights the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) outlines in a recent white paper outlining a national strategy to promote the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT). 

It's true; the government can either be an enabler or inhibitor to technological growth. For the next few months, the industry can only guess at what a Trump presidency will mean for the tech industry. President Elect Donald Trump has vowed to be lax on regulation and tough on job growth. But his exact policies remain up in the air. 

"The incoming Administration has an opportunity to facilitate the creation and production of never-before-imagined devices that will improve our world," says Gary Shapiro, CTA president and CEO. "The Internet of Things has become omnipresent in the lives of tens of millions of Americans, providing money-, energy- and life-saving technologies. We need the Trump Administration to do all that it can to promote innovation in the IoT."

Source: Consumer Technology Association (CTA), U.S. Consumer Technology Sales and Forecasts, 2012-2017.

Especially with estimates that 50 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020, there's no time to waste.

The CTA's white paper recommends specific policies and steps to promote economic growth through expansion of the IoT. It is intended to serve as a guide during this presidential transition period in Washington. 

CTA's report makes the following IoT policy recommendations:

  1. Rely on the industry to help. The rapid pace of innovation positions the technology industry to develop solutions to today's challenges surrounding the IoT, including concerns over security and privacy. Industry stakeholders have the capacity and expertise to rectify issues faster than a stifling and expensive regulatory process.
  2. Develop a federal stakeholder group. Although the National Institute of Standards and Technology has formed a working group to address IoT, the discussion of related policy-issues should be holistic. To that end, the Trump administration should generate a cooperative, cross-agency working group that improves federal coordination of IoT resources and considers policies that encourage the growth of IoT.
  3. Maximize spectrum usage for IoT. In order to facilitate IoT innovation, the government should make more spectrum available for innovation and the growth of this massively consequential industry. Access to spectrum is essential to the continued success of current IoT technologies and the development of future innovations. Aggressively facilitating access to spectrum in this space, through efforts such as the bipartisan Congressional Internet of Things Working Group, will ensure entrepreneurs have the resources needed to thrive and create the devices of the future.

"Among our most significant policy recommendations for the next Administration is that the default standard setting and regulatory process should not lie with a single body of the American bureaucracy," says Shapiro.

"Efforts to resolve the issues that inevitably accompany progress should be consensus-driven and led by industry stakeholders, in concert with federal agencies. This will ensure we maintain and promote an environment conducive to innovation and growth, while also protecting the safety and security of consumers across America."

Read the full white paper here.



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Comments

Posted by Audioplus on November 17, 2016

If the CEA actually reported the amount of off shore jobs by OEM manufacturers, Trump probably would have won the popular vote. Another 500 terminated by AOL, Shapiro will not help or has helped, our industry at all in creating US based employment. Just a lot of consumers buying at Costco, Best Buy, Walmart & Amazon

Posted by Audioplus on November 16, 2016

The entire CEA industry is anti-trump, before and after election? Same conglomerate of manufacturers that have taking their manufacturing OEM since the Free Trade Agreement was signed in 1990? I think our industry needs to take a hard look at how they’re doing business, manufacturing, online sales, etc. Why do you think there was the demise in Face to Face manufacturers representatives relationships over the last 20 years. I don’t think Gary and CEA is supporting the right cause or way to promote onshore manufacturing and creating jobs in the US. Don’t blame Trump!

Posted by Adroit1 on November 16, 2016

To get anywhere with the Trump administration, it will probably be necessary to remove Gary Shapiro as the CEO. If he thinks Trump will ever listen to a person who was so against him during the election, then Mr. Shapiro needs to learn a lot more about Mr. Trump. The CTA has some very good ideas, but, unfortunately, politics has gotten in the way, and it may hurt those in the business, not to say how much it could hurt the consumer.

Posted by Adroit1 on November 16, 2016

To get anywhere with the Trump administration, it will probably be necessary to remove Gary Shapiro as the CEO. If he thinks Trump will ever listen to a person who was so against him during the election, then Mr. Shapiro needs to learn a lot more about Mr. Trump. The CTA has some very good ideas, but, unfortunately, politics has gotten in the way, and it may hurt those in the business, not to say how much it could hurt the consumer.

Posted by Audioplus on November 16, 2016

The entire CEA industry is anti-trump, before and after election? Same conglomerate of manufacturers that have taking their manufacturing OEM since the Free Trade Agreement was signed in 1990? I think our industry needs to take a hard look at how they’re doing business, manufacturing, online sales, etc. Why do you think there was the demise in Face to Face manufacturers representatives relationships over the last 20 years. I don’t think Gary and CEA is supporting the right cause or way to promote onshore manufacturing and creating jobs in the US. Don’t blame Trump!

Posted by Audioplus on November 17, 2016

If the CEA actually reported the amount of off shore jobs by OEM manufacturers, Trump probably would have won the popular vote. Another 500 terminated by AOL, Shapiro will not help or has helped, our industry at all in creating US based employment. Just a lot of consumers buying at Costco, Best Buy, Walmart & Amazon