Posted May 13, 2019 08:51:23 The Internet of Things will come to the United States as early as 2021, the Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday.
That’s when the nation’s most widely used devices, like smart phones, will be able to act as smart homes and home security systems, according to the agency.
The decision is a significant shift from last month’s announcement that the Internet of Everything (IoI) will be a “full-scale deployment” by 2020.
As the IoT revolution moves into the mainstream, it is expected to bring significant benefits to consumers and businesses.
Internet of Things devices will enable consumers to remotely control appliances, homes and even businesses, and will enable businesses to manage the data that is gathered by those devices.
The goal is to make the devices smart enough to handle everything from thermostats to light switches, the FCC said.
The FCC also noted that the IoT will provide consumers with a greater range of products, including new types of appliances, refrigerators and security systems.
It will be up to regulators to determine how the IoT works, said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican.
“The FCC will not make policy without a thorough examination of the impacts of this new technology on consumers and the economic growth of the country,” Pai said in a statement.
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