Matsui, McCaul Introduce Internet of Things Standards Leadership Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C., July 17, 2019 | Kyle Morse (202-557-4880) | comments

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Reps. Doris Matsui (CA-06) and Michael McCaul (TX-10), co-chairs of the High-Tech Caucus, introduced the IoT Standards Leadership Act of 2019. This legislation strengthens national economic and security interests by promoting robust United States participation in the international standards setting processes for internet-connected devices.

The U.S. must be a global leader in the IoT (Internet of Things) economy. The next generation of communications networks and IoT devices will offer transformative benefits for consumers and across industries. To harness that potential, it is critically important that the United States play a prominent role in international standards setting for these technologies and networks,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “By reviewing the international standards setting process for IoT devices, this legislation promotes security, interoperability, and United States leadership in a multi-stakeholder, consensus-based approach. I am proud to introduce this bill with my High-Tech Caucus co-chair Congressman McCaul, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to move this bill forward.”

“As more of our consumer devices become connected to the internet, we also increase the threat of those devices being remotely monitored and controlled exposing Americans to great risk. These devices, generally referred to as the ‘internet of things (IoT)’ devices, contain massive revolutionary potential to change our everyday lives. To ensure American leadership and continued innovation in the future, it is essential that the United States maintain a leadership role in shaping a safer future for IoT devices at home and abroad. I am delighted to introduce this legislation with Congresswoman Matsui, my co-chair on the High-Tech Caucus, and I look forward to getting it passed,” said Congressman McCaul.

“Consensus-based and industry-led international standards development allows the technology sector to fuel societal and economic progress, and connect innovative technologies across globe” said Jason Oxman, President and CEO of ITI. “We applaud Representatives Matsui and McCaul for supporting a multi-stakeholder approach and fostering U.S. leadership in international standards-setting bodies for the Internet of Things with this legislation.”

The IoT Standards Leadership Act would:

  • Require the Department of Commerce to conduct a study on—
    • the involvement of the U.S. in the international standards setting processes;
    • efforts of foreign countries to create country-specific IoT standards that do not align with international processes and standards;
    • the progress that has been made in development international IoT standards;
    • how to support U.S. participation and leadership in international standards setting; and
    • the extent to which international standards focus on prioritized, flexible, repeatable, performance-based, and cost-effective approaches to cyber hygiene and managing risk.
  • Require recommendations on how to promote U.S. leadership in the processes for setting international standards.
  • Discourage the development of country-specific standards.

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