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T&D World: Summit Addresses Importance of Private Broadband for Grid Modernization

October 24, 2019

In support of America’s transforming critical infrastructure, the Utility Broadband Alliance (UBBA) is dedicated to advancing and developing private LTE broadband as key communications infrastructure for a secure, resilient, digital grid. Launched as a utility member-driven organization in February 2019, UBBA founding member Southern Linc hosted UBBA’s first annual summit in Birmingham, Alabama earlier this month where utility executives,…

Smart Energy International: The importance of private broadband for grid modernisation

October 18, 2019

In support of America’s transforming critical infrastructure, the Utility Broadband Alliance (UBBA) has been advancing and developing private long-term evolution (LTE) broadband as a key communications infrastructure for a secure, resilient, digital grid. UBBA founding member Southern Linc hosted the UBBA’s first annual summit in Birmingham, Alabama early October, where utility executives, industry technology leaders along with representatives from…

Daily Energy Insider: Utility Broadband Alliance hosts summit to address key industry challenges

October 18, 2019

The Utility Broadband Alliance (UBBA) hosted a two-day summit for utility executives and industry technology leaders to explore key challenges facing electric utilities. The summit, which was held in Birmingham, Ala., focused on a range of topics, including resiliency and cybersecurity in the digital utility grid of the future, broadband spectrum options, and vendor technologies…

The UBBA’s First Steps

September 18, 2019

Bobbi Harris, member engagement and operations lead at the Utility Broadband Alliance (UBBA), discusses how her organisation came to be and what’s next for it and its members.

Utility Broadband Alliance priorities and focus

August 29, 2019

Following a soft launch in February at DISTRIBUTECH, membership of the Utility Broadband Alliance (UBBA) has grown to 19 member organisations, all working hard to formulate the Alliance working groups and overall Alliance focus.

Utility Broadband Alliance chases LTE, challenges MNOs

August 16, 2019

Founded back in January, the Utility Broadband Alliance (UBBA) is a US-centric organization that is pursuing private wireless broadband, specifically LTE, for utility applications.

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

August 2, 2019

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.

New Private LTE Group Focuses on Business Case, Technology for Utilities

July 12, 2019

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.

Reasons Behind 6.8% Increase in IoT Devices for Oil and Gas

April 18, 2019

The number of devices featuring cellular or satellite connectivity deployed in oil and gas applications is expected to reach 1.9 million units by 2023 from 1.3 million at the end of 2018.

The Installed Base of Wireless IoT Devices in the Oil and Gas Industry Reached 1.3 Million in 2018

April 8, 2019

According to a new research report from the M2M/IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of devices featuring cellular or satellite connectivity deployed in oil and gas applications amounted to 1.3 million at the end of 2018.

Utility Industry Leaders Join to Champion Private Broadband Networks

April 3, 2019

United in advancing the development and adoption of dedicated wireless broadband networks for utilities, a diverse group of power providers, technology innovators and industry leaders are establishing the Utility Broadband Alliance.

Utilities, Tech Firms Form Alliance for Private Industrial IoT Networks

February 5, 2019

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.

pdvWireless Refocuses on 900 MHz Spectrum Leasing, Forms New Utility Alliance

February 5, 2019

Morgan O’Brien’s pdvWireless continues to evolve with an updated business model that includes leasing the company’s 900 MHz spectrum and consulting on private Long Term Evolution (LTE) as it continues to await an FCC decision on its more than four-year-old plan to realign the 900 MHz band for broadband operations.

Utility Broadband Alliance to Provide a Powerful Industry Advantage

January 18, 2019

pdvWireless has announced that Southern Linc will serve as a founding member of an alliance of utilities and vendors that will become a hub of information sharing, collaboration and planning. The aim is to assist the development of private wireless broadband networks owned by and dedicated to utilities.

pdvWireless, Southern Linc Ally on Private Broadband for Utilities

January 17, 2019

pdvWireless and Southern Linc partnered to form an alliance of utilities and vendors that will become a hub of information sharing, collaboration and planning to assist the development of private wireless broadband networks owned by and dedicated to utilities.

Press Releases

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Utility Broadband Alliance Announces Official Incorporation

March 23, 2021

UBBA today announced its formalization as a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit association dedicated to advancing and developing private LTE broadband as a key communications infrastructure for a secure, resilient, digital grid.

Utility Industry Leaders Applaud FCC 900 MHz Decision

May 20, 2020

In support of America’s transforming critical infrastructure, the members of the Utility Broadband Alliance (UBBA) appreciate Chairman Pai and the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to make spectrum available for utilities to maintain critical infrastructure.

UBBA Summit

2019 UBBA Summit – Powering Utilities with Private Broadband Networks

October 16, 2019

In support of America’s transforming critical infrastructure, the Utility Broadband Alliance (UBBA) is dedicated to advancing and developing private LTE broadband as key communications infrastructure for a secure, resilient, digital grid.

Utility Industry Leaders Join New Alliance to Champion Private Broadband Networks for Critical Infrastructure

February 4, 2019

Utility Broadband Alliance (UBBA) to become hub of information sharing, collaboration and planning to advance dedicated wireless connectivity for an increasingly interconnected and distributed grid.

pdvWireless Adds Southern Linc to Broadband Network Alliance for Utilities

January 17, 2019

pdvWireless, Inc. announced that Southern Company subsidiary Southern Linc will serve as a founding member of an alliance of utilities and vendors that will become a hub of information sharing, collaboration and planning to assist the development of private wireless broadband networks owned by and dedicated to utilities.

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Webinars

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Cybersecurity for Embedded Devices on Utility Networks

March 15, 2021

Grid digitization initiatives are driving utilities to move beyond legacy communications to advanced private broadband solutions and new Internet of Things (IoT) devices. During the webinar, panelists will describe the voluntary, recommended activities related to cybersecurity that utilities should consider before placing embedded and “IoT” devices into production. These activities can help utilities lessen the cybersecurity…

Nationwide Utility Private LTE Survey Early Results Review and Insights

November 16, 2020

Bobbi Harris, member engagement lead for UBBA sits down with David Briesacher, Ameren’s Manager of Intelligrid Business Planning & Integration, and Kevin Malloy, VP of Customer Solutions of Anterix, to discuss the early trends from an ongoing UBBA survey, which looks at the realities that utilities face when considering private wireless broadband networks strategies.

Technology Opportunities from the 900 MHz Realignment to Enable Utility Private Broadband Deployment

June 24, 2020

On May 13th, the FCC unanimously confirmed the Report & Order to move forward with process of realigning the 900 MHz spectrum to enable utility broadband. This webinar brings the perspective of key utility industry technology experts to discuss what their organizations are doing to support utilities during this transition. Hear from technology leaders Motorola Solutions, Sierra Wireless, Ericsson, Nokia and Anterix.

Opportunities and Impacts of the FCC Decision to Transition the 900 MHz Band for Utilities to Enable Broadband Deployment

June 3, 2020

On May 13, 2020 the FCC approved the use of the 900 MHz band by utility companies for private LTE. Five utility members of the Utility Broadband Alliance (UBBA) will share their thoughts on this decision in a panel discussion. The UBBA is dedicated to assisting its members in planning, designing and deploying secure, reliable and resilient private broadband networks.

Technology Considerations for Utility Private Broadband

January 23, 2020

This webinar, sponsored by UBBA, brings together utility and technology leaders to share their experiences and knowledge on considerations for utility private broadband infrastructure. This discussion will include the key technological considerations for a private utility broadband initiative, focusing on areas of infrastructure, spectrum, devices and standards. Speakers include: Alan McIntyre (Southern Linc), Kreg Christoff (Motorola Solutions), Warren Westrup (Sierra Wireless), and Mark Poulin (Anterix).

Opportunities for Utility Private Broadband Networks

Opportunities for Utility Private Broadband Networks

October 9, 2019

This webinar, sponsored by UBBA, brings together utility and technology leaders to share their experiences on broadband infrastructure and looks at the following key areas: understanding the business opportunities and industry challenges that utilities must take into consideration; real utility drivers and solutions for private broadband; technology, spectrum and use cases.

Industry Resources

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UBBA Business Working Group Commercial Roaming Position Paper

March 31, 2021

Utilities rely on their land mobile radios (LMR) and the communications infrastructure that connects them. When cellular carrier service becomes unavailable during or after a natural disaster, utilities need secure, ultra-reliable communications. Utilities across the country are under constant pressure to improve worker safety, be prepared for a multitude of events, and maintain continuity of business operations, all while ensuring reliable communications for operational needs.

Use Case: Land Mobile Radio

November 24, 2020

Utilities rely on their land mobile radios (LMR) and the communications infrastructure that connects them. When cellular carrier service becomes unavailable during or after a natural disaster, utilities need secure, ultra-reliable communications. Utilities across the country are under constant pressure to improve worker safety, be prepared for a multitude of events, and maintain continuity of business operations, all while ensuring reliable communications for operational needs.

Use Case: Utility Structure Lighting

November 24, 2020

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), all structures exceeding 200 feet above ground level, and under 200 feet in height when they may interfere with the flight path of an airport, must be appropriately marked with tower lights. Failure to maintain operable obstruction lighting is a finable offense at up to $1,000 per day – so utilities are serious about monitoring and maintain these safety lights.

Use Case: Mobile Workforce Management

November 24, 2020

One key component of the utility’s operations is the management of their work crews that install and maintain the grid infrastructure. The mobile network must have the appropriate capacity and coverage to serve all the crews within their area of operations. Bandwidth and reliability are critical when crews need to communicate that the damage has been repaired or if they need additional time and resources.

Use Case: AMI

September 10, 2020

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

September 10, 2020

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.

Use Case: Fire Mitigation

July 22, 2020

The latest urgent issue for electric utilities is fire prevention. Powerline-caused wildfires puts a utility and their customers at a tremendous risk both financially and more importantly threatens their safety and security. Using a combination of fault indicators that report status, and remote controlled reclosers and sectionalizers, a utility can quickly isolate and de-energize the damaged circuits, thus minimizing the chances of creating a fire.

2019 UBBA Summit

May 5, 2020

This short podcast includes highlights of Tami’s Keynote, which covered areas such as Southern Linc’s needs that brought them to the decision to stand up a Private Network and their experience doing so.

Cybersecurity: Benefits of a Private LTE Network

November 25, 2019

See The Whitepaper Utilities and their customers have been focused on electric service reliability since the first systems were installed. Today, the electric grid is growing more complex as we add electrical loads and generation in places not anticipated in the original grid designs. Our very own Cybersecurity working group that is comprised of thought…

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

July 24, 2019

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.

Interview with Craig Tedrow, Senior Product Manager at GE’s Grid Solutions Business, and vice-chair of the Utility Broadband Alliance’s (UBBA) Business working group

July 15, 2019

I am a Senior Product Manager, within GE’s industrial communications product line, working for the MDS wireless group. My education is in electrical engineering at Geneva College, and I’ve spent 21 years executing software design and firmware development. Most of that was here at MDS doing wireless product design and development focused on the energy and industrial industries.

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

July 24, 2019

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.

Interview with Craig Tedrow, Senior Product Manager at GE’s Grid Solutions Business, and vice-chair of the Utility Broadband Alliance’s (UBBA) Business working group

July 15, 2019

I am a Senior Product Manager, within GE’s industrial communications product line, working for the MDS wireless group. My education is in electrical engineering at Geneva College, and I’ve spent 21 years executing software design and firmware development. Most of that was here at MDS doing wireless product design and development focused on the energy and industrial industries.

Podcasts

2019 UBBA Summit

May 5, 2020

This short podcast includes highlights of Tami’s Keynote, which covered areas such as Southern Linc’s needs that brought them to the decision to stand up a Private Network and their experience doing so.