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

Power Brokers: Utilities Explore Their Role in 4G & 5G

5G is certainly all the rage right now, so it’s no surprise that some of the nation’s biggest utility companies are working to figure out whether they have a role to play in the space. However, it’s unclear whether that role will position utilities as 5G operators, customers or both.

Interview with Allen Tharp, Senior Manager – Network Strategy, at Xcel Energy and chair of the Utility Broadband Alliance’s (UBBA) Use Cases working group

I started my career working at Motorola installing wireless systems as a field engineer/project leader, and I later returned to serve as a systems engineer manager for worldwide deployments. I also worked at Southern Linc as a senior engineer and later as Manager of Technology Development. Between these Southern Linc roles, I worked at Sprint as a network design manager and for the past 10 years, I worked at Duke Energy in a variety of roles, the last of which was a technology evaluation manager. Now, I’m at Xcel Energy as a Senior Manager over network strategy and planning in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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

pdvWireless 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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