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.

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Utilities Bicker Over FCC Broadband Proposal as Industry Leader Rebrands

The wireless communications industry is pushing for permission to outfit electric utilities with low-band broadband networks, which it says will be critical for power providers to maintain secure, resilient and responsive communications systems on the modern electric grid. And the biggest player in the arena has now rebranded to reflect its future goals of setting up electric utilities and other companies with these networks.

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Ericsson, pdvWireless urge FCC to take quick action on 900 MHz band

Ericsson and pdvWireless are among those urging the FCC to act quickly to allow broadband services in the 900 MHz band.

The commission earlier this year opened a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on restructuring the band. In the NPRM (PDF), the FCC proposes to realign the 900 MHz band in such a way as to allow broadband services for industry IoT applications, critical infrastructure and private broadband networks.

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Utilities, Tech Firms Form Alliance for Private Industrial IoT Networks

A group of companies representing telecom equipment vendors, spectrum licensees and utilities have formed an alliance to advance the development of private broadband networks for energy providers. The Utility Broadband Alliance (UBBA) includes 13 founding companies that want to drive modernization efforts in the nation’s grid and other industrial IoT applications.

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