The Utilities Broadband Alliance (UBBA), formed earlier this year and spearheaded by founding member Anterix, formerly pdvWireless, is addressing the business case for private Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks for utilities, along with use cases and technology considerations.

The group is not focusing on advocacy or lobbying the FCC, said Bobbi Harris, UBBA member engagement and operations. 900 MHz incumbents and industry players have weighed in on the FCC’s proposed changes to the band, which would spur a spectrum realignment to allow broadband services.

Instead of filing FCC comments, the 19-member alliance is working in four areas through working groups, the largest of which is a business working group. Harris said about 55 individuals are involved among the four working groups. Each group has a nine- to 12-month plan to guide its work.

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SOURCE: MissionCritical Communications