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About Internet of Things

From your refrigerator and home thermostat to your car or office whiteboard to your child’s textbook or doctor’s medical tablet, wireless technology is leaping beyond the phone to connect the world around us to the Internet. As wireless innovation continues, machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity—the Internet of Things will further accelerate mobile opportunity and transform how people and our economy interact with the many tools of modern life. Through mobile connectivity, the Internet can make virtually anything more intelligent—holding great promise for our economy, our environment, our education and health care systems, our safety and our standard of living.

Why We Care
  • It’s more than just connecting people. Mobile is about connecting everything. Experts predict over 50 billion connected devices by 2020. From connected medical tablets to the wired tools first responders rely on to keep our communities safe, the “Internet of Things” will greatly improve our lives and our economy.
  • Continued economic growth depends on a connected world. The proliferation of connected devices is projected to create $1.2 trillion in economic activity by 2020. This will create growth opportunities in diverse sectors throughout the U.S. economy as mobile connectivity is embedded into everyday things.
  • M2M growth means increased spectrum demand. M2M will be among the fastest drivers of mobile data growth, more than tablets or smartphones. This fast-expanding array of connected devices will contribute to the capacity shortage we are facing with our nation’s airwaves. Given all the innovation that M2M connectivity will drive, it is imperative that our leaders act in a timely fashion to make more spectrum capacity available to continue expanding our wireless world.
Our Bottom Line

Machine-to-machine mobile connectivity represents the next great wave of what mobile can make possible in our lives. The only limitation on this progress is whether we have policies that allow the mobile Internet to expand rapidly to keep pace with the connectivity demands of consumers and our economy. Constructive policies to support high-speed wireless connectivity should focus on making more spectrum capacity available for mobile, increasing investments in targeted research to stoke innovation, advancing enlightened Internet policy, enabling capital formation and investment, protecting privacy and security, and ensuring the next generation of scientists, engineers, and developers are being trained.

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