The House on Wednesday approved by voice vote HR 6032, the SMART IoT Act, which would direct the Department of Commerce to study and report to Congress within one year on the U.S. Internet-connected device industry, including on voluntary and mandatory standards that are being developed around the world for the IoT sector, which Federal agencies have jurisdiction over the sector, and any regulations or standards those agencies have put in place that impact the IoT sector. Rep. Bob Latta, R-Ohio, sponsor of the bill, said it would be “an important first step for laying the ground work for many policy considerations” regarding IoT technologies, and that it was important “we do not create unnecessary regulatory burdens that stifle innovation.” The bill does not appear to have a Senate companion measure, and thus its chances of becoming law this year are very slim.

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Kate Polit is MeriTalk's Assistant Copy & Production Editor covering the intersection of government and technology.