Citation[edit | edit source]

Government Accountability Office, Internet of Things: FCC Should Track Growth to Ensure Sufficient Spectrum Remains Available (GAO-18-71) (Nov. 16, 2017) (full-text).

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Internet of Things (IoT) generally refers to devices (or "things"), such as vehicles and appliances, that use a network to communicate and share data with each other. The increasing popularity of wireless Internet of Things devices that use spectrum has created questions about spectrum needs.

The GAO was asked to examine issues related to spectrum and (IoT). This report discusses, among other things, (1) spectrum challenges related to IoT, (2) how the federal government plans for IoT's spectrum needs, and (3) how selected leading countries prepare for IoT's spectrum needs.

The GAO recommends that the FCC track the growth in (1) high-bandwidth IoT devices and (2) IoT devices that rely on unlicensed spectrum.

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