Ensuring home broadband internet access—particularly in rural areas—has long been a national priority, but efforts to bridge the digital divide gained increased urgency in the face of safety measures taken to combat the pandemic.  As the federal government amplifies its longstanding strategy of providing funding to entice commercial deployment of broadband service in otherwise uneconomical…

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Whether Utilities want to operate their own private LTE network, use the existing mobile operator’s networks, or a hybrid approach in between, Mobile Network Operators can support a range of integrated solutions that balance the Utilities need for control, data localization and security with access to mobile networks for coverage, roaming, and fail-over capabilities. Speaker: James…

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Utilities are increasingly focused on the wireless broadband data communications networks necessary to enable their historic efforts to modernize the grid.  A major concern in selecting network technology and radio spectrum:  ensuring a broad, vibrant marketplace for equipment, applications, and services to support initial deployment as well as ongoing operations and maintenance.  Nobody wants to…

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How to leverage technology transition to reap the massive potential of the smart utilities market. We will discuss the advantages for utilities in the new 5G world.  Intelligent communication capability built into the IoT network and layered with security that best protects utility operations. Panelists:  Jitender Vohra (Telit), Jeff Tufts (Cisco), David Allen (UScellular) and…

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Insights from the Business Working Group paper focused on what happens after deployment. What skills utilities need to hire for and what options are available to them. Panelists: Tom Bedics (SouthernLinc), Ron Brady (Xcel Energy), Mauricio Subieta(Nokia), and Patrick Nolan (Ameren). Moderator: Paul Anuszkiewicz (Palmetto Technology Associates)

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