Information on IoT Spectrum Sought by FCC
Monday, September 20, 2021 | Comments

As required by the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2021, the FCC plans to release a notice of inquiry (NOI) on spectrum for the internet of things (IoT).

IoT applications are far-reaching and have multiple use cases, including making industrial settings more efficient and productive, and improving public safety. Because of the need for mobility or to overcome physical impediments such as location or high costs, many IoT devices connect to the internet through a wireless connection. The number of IoT devices in use is expected to increase significantly, which will contribute to an ever-increasing need for wireless connectivity.

The NOI would seek comments on:
• Whether adequate spectrum is available for commercial wireless services to support the growing IoT ecosystem,
• If adequate spectrum is not currently available, how can the FCC ensure that it is available to meet the increasing IoT demand,
• What regulatory barriers to providing spectrum for IoT may exist, and
• What the role of unlicensed and licensed spectrum is and will be in meeting the demands for IoT.

The record created by the IoT will be used by the commission in moving forward with the issues as directed by the NDAA. The commission will consider the NOI at its September 30 meeting. Find the full text of the proposed NOI here.

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