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TIA Files Comments to Help Italian Telecommunications Authority Foster Growth of M2M Services & Internet of Things

Arlington, Va. (Dec. 4, 2014) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, filed comments with the Italian telecommunications authority (Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni [AGCOM]) in response to its public consultation requesting input on the factors that influence the development of machine-to-machine (M2M) services, including growth potential and regulatory barriers to their development.

Representing the global community of information and communication technology (ICT) manufacturers, vendors, and suppliers, TIA described the incredible potential the Internet of Things (IoT) and M2M hold for positive innovations across all segments of the economy, and related improvements in countless aspects of consumers' and business' everyday activities across mobile, home, and industrial uses.

TIA also urged AGCOM to prioritize the following as it develops its approach to the IoT and M2M communications:

  • Competitive- and technology-neutral approaches to any activity that may impact the deployment of the IoT/M2M technologies and services is essential;
  • AGCOM should recognize the importance of, and work to further, the use of global voluntary, open, and consensus-based standards for IoT and M2M technologies and services;
  • AGCOM should employ a spectrum policy that enables the IoT by prioritizing predictability, flexibility, efficiency, and priority for superior rights from harmful interference;
  • When addressing data security and resilience, AGCOM should respect competitive differentiation as a driver of enhanced security solutions, rely on international standards and best practices, fully leverage the public-private partnership model, and prioritize end-user awareness and education; and
  • In addressing data privacy, AGCOM should ensure that its activities do no impose barriers that would discourage the use of existing and developing voluntary solutions that typically emerge from standardization and best practice development fora, as well as public-private partnerships.

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The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit for more details.

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