Powering Utility Connectivity

Grid modernization and digitization are driving utilities to move beyond legacy narrowband communications to advanced private broadband solutions. The Utility Broadband Alliance (UBBA) aims to assist its members in planning, designing and deploying secure, reliable and resilient private broadband networks to support America’s transforming critical infrastructure.

Why Join?

Members rely on UBBA as a hub of information sharing, collaboration and planning to advance private broadband wireless connectivity for an increasingly interconnected and distributed grid.

In the News

Use Case: AMI

Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) meters generate vast
amounts of data that can help utilities optimize their services delivery and network. A connected digital grid can help increase efficiencies and cut costs. The AMI infrastructure requires reliable communication between thousands of devices and a centralized data management system cost supports the case for wireless infrastructure.

Use Case: VoltVar and FLISR

Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) including demand response, efficiency programs and Distributed Generation (DG) from solar and wind help keep the electric grid balanced and reliable. Volt VAR Optimization (VVO) technology optimizes power factor control in combination with flattening the voltage profile of an electric distribution feeder by applying intelligent controls to capacitors and voltage regulators on the line.

The Time has Come...

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To Share Insights

UBBA educates members by sharing knowledge, trials, lessons learned, use cases, benchmarking and economic justification.

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To Innovate

UBBA incubates ideas for accelerating rapid adoption with minimal risk by crafting industry centric solutions.

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To Collaborate

UBBA creates connections across the ecosystem between utilities, technology providers, regulators and thought leaders.

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To Speak Collectively

UBBA helps members influence policy through rate and business cases that will provide capital for infrastructure investment.

Members Say...

I'm excited to have a vehicle for utilities to collaborate on the inevitable deployment of broadband technologies. The focus that this group brings will allow all interested parties to share successes so that they may be replicated across the industry, bringing even more value to the investments in broadband deployments so we can better serve customers.

Cole Crews

Ameren

Based on our experience, we are convinced that private wireless broadband networks are a strategic and tactical advantage for electric utilities. Utilities have a long history of working together, and collectively, a network of utility broadband networks will provide a powerful benefit to the industry as a whole.

Tami Barron

President Southern Linc

GE is excited to be working with pdvWireless and other members of UBBA. As utilities expand their grid modernization efforts, the sheer volume of devices and data, including video, is expanding rapidly. We see private LTE technology delivering efficient and secure broadband capacity to meet that growing need. UBBA will provide a great forum to refine this technology for utilities.

Chris Trabold

GE Power's Grid Solutions

We are proud to support the industry in the transformation and modernization of the grid to
have fast, open, wireless and secure communication. We look forward to the partnership and collaboration UBBA will allow.

Matt Olson

Burns & McDonnell

As pioneers in the application of wireless broadband networks, PDV looks forward to sharing the depth of our experiences and our low-band 900 MHz spectrum with fellow members of UBBA, enabling them to benefit from the scale and innovation that private networks inherently offer.

Mar Tarres

Anterix and UBBA Membership Liaison

As an UBBA founding member Encore looks forward to sharing the company’s grid modernization experience and expertise for building networks of the future. The ability to build, manage and control a utility’s private LTE broadband network will ensure full, highly secure access to all of their critical infrastructure.

Peter Madsen

Encore Networks

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