SIA Applauds Introduction of DIGIT Act

Friday, May 24, 2019, 12:00pm

by Semiconductor Industry Association

WASHINGTON—May 24, 2019—The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing, design, and research, today released the following statement from SIA president & CEO John Neuffer commending the introduction in Congress of the Developing and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act. The DIGIT Act requires the Department of Commerce to convene a working group of federal stakeholders – with input from industry experts, technology manufacturers and businesses – to provide recommendations to Congress on facilitating development and deployment of the Internet of Things (IoT).

“The federal government plays a critical role in ensuring effective and efficient deployment of burgeoning technologies, including the Internet of Things. The DIGIT Act marks a significant step toward developing a national strategy to encourage continued growth of the IoT. Semiconductors are the foundational technology for the  IoT, enabling the ‘smart’ devices that are connected to networks. Government and industry must work together to develop federal policies that promote, not inhibit, the IoT. We commend Sens. Fischer (R-Neb.), Gardner (R-Colo.), Booker (D-N.J.), and Schatz (D-Hawaii) for their leadership introducing this bipartisan legislation and urge Congress to approve it.”

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