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Senate Commerce Committee Advances Internet-of-Things Bill

The Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday advanced legislation that would establish a working group to study how the United States can best prepare for the development of the Internet of Things.

The working group, comprised of government and private sector stakeholders, would submit its recommendations to Congress on several issues, including spectrum availability and the most productive regulatory structure to encourage the growth of the IoT.

The panel approved the bill, S. 2067, by voice vote. The legislation is sponsored by Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer (R) and cosponsored by fellow Commerce Committee members Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii).