The term for the consultation of the Italian TLC Authority (Autorità per le garanzie nelle comunicazioni – the “Authority”) on Machine-to-Machine (see our previous post here) is further extended for additional 45 days. The final term is now set for 23 March 2015.

The Authority intends to: (i) analyze the factors that may influence the development of  Machine to Machine services (like, for instance, interoperability) and the interaction between the various stakeholders in the market; (ii) assess the development projections and the various ways for exploiting the Machine to Machine services; (iii) pinpoint the main regulatory barriers for any further development of such services (e.g. numbering and roaming regulations); and (iv) identify the areas for which it would be appropriate to set up a coordination with the other (national and international) authorities (for example, the Italian Data Protection Authority – see here on the main data protection concerns for the Internet of Things).

Given the complexity of the above review (including the assessment of complex business models) and the limited national and international precedents, the Authority opted for an additional extension. This survey will likely be followed by additional consultations / surveys from other national authorities, and will hopefully trigger a debate at an Italian Parliament level (as already happened in other jurisdictions – see here on the latest news on the U.S. Senate).  

This is a very important topic covering a wide array of businesses and technologies, from connected cars, to smart meters, smart grids and home devices.