CACP addresses a wide range of advanced communications policy issues and related technology applications, particularly in the wireless and new technology arenas. These activities result in timely papers, reports, and articles, as well as advisories and published research filings before regulatory authorities.
Wireless RERC on the Record: Advancing Access to an Inclusive Internet of Things
March 13, 2017 - The Wireless RERC, in collaboration with Georgia Tech’s Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP), submitted comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Request for Comments on the Benefits, Challenges, and Potential Roles for the Government in Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things [IOT] [170105023-7023-01]. CACP and the Wireless RERC strongly recommend that NTIA specifically articulate policy recommendations that support early stage inclusion of people with disabilities to further accessibility and usability of IoT technology and services before development and deployment of the same. Properly designed and developed, the IoT can realize its potential to empower all citizens, including people with disabilities to achieve an improved quality of life and greater social and economic inclusion. Comments also suggested that the federal government focus future policy initiatives as well as technological design on addressing the ability of IoT to apply “on demand” contextually aware information. This display of consumer-digestible information, coupled with the intelligence of devices and applications can meet and anticipate the needs of users with disabilities in ways which increase user independence, opening new opportunities in areas as broad as education, workforce participation, safety, e-health, and social engagement. Further, when implemented in the workplace, IoT technologies can profoundly change the experience of persons with disabilities, providing tools for independence and autonomy while at work. But implementation is to some extent dependent on availability and suitability of current (or in development) devices and services. It is here that the NTIA could provide formidable leadership in driving the development of the IoT framework by supporting multi-stakeholder engagement, not only formally, regarding policymaking, standards setting and regulation, but also by supporting the formation of public-private partnerships and other multi-stakeholder collaborations to envision innovative types and uses of IoT.
Wireless RERC/CACP Comments
Wireless RERC on the Record: Benefits, Challenges, and Potential Roles for the Government in Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things
March 13, 2017 - Georgia Tech’s Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP) in collaboration with the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) filed comments in response to The National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) Request for Comments on the Benefits, Challenges, and Potential Roles for the Government in Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things (IoT) [Docket No. 170105023-7023-01] in which the NTIA “seeks broad input from all interested stakeholders—including the private industry, researchers, academia, and civil society—on the issues and proposed approach, current initiatives, and next steps laid out in the NTIA green paper ‘‘Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things’. These comments will help inform Department leadership on possible future Department action regarding IoT.” The comments conclude: “If industry stakeholders incorporate inclusive design approaches and policy participation from the disability community into their development, the IoT will facilitate more independent living, personalized care, flexibility and mobility, and better employment and education outcomes. The future of IoT should be one in which all persons are able to participate as creative and productive members of their communities. It is more important than at any time in the past to ensure that current and future policies foster an innovative, adaptive and inclusive environment to realize the full potential of the Internet of Things.”
Wireless RERC/CACP Comments [PDF]