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UBBA In the News

Utility Broadband Alliance priorities and focus
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
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
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
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.
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.
pdvWireless Needs $100M to $150M More Funding for 900 MHz Relocation
pdvWireless CEO Morgan O’Brien told potential investors May 21 the company needs an additional $100 million to $150 million to carry out its 900 MHz realignment plan and offer broadband services in the spectrum. The company had $77 million cash on hand March 31.
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.
Reasons Behind 6.8% Increase in IoT Devices for Oil and Gas
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

UBBA Press Releases

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

The Urgent Need for a Licensed Broadband Spectrum Allocation for Critical Infrastructure
More than 3,000 electric utilities across the US are each managing multiple—sometimes more than a dozen—wireless networks in support of grid operations, workforce management, and customer service. Typically, these networks have been developed in an ad hoc manner for application-centric purposes.
Private LTE Broadband Changes the Game for Utilities
The electric utility business is fundamentally more complex today than it was even five years ago: once primarily the supplier of centrally-produced power, the utility is now the master orchestrator of a multitude of distributed energy resources. Enabling the modern grid requires a solid foundation of certain strategic technologies, including private wireless broadband communications.
Keeping the Lights On with Dedicated LTE
A case study of how Southern Linc, the wireless communications network backed by the strength and reliability of Southern Company, transitioned to a highly reliable LTE network while meeting strict security requirements.
Power Grids, Meet Strong Networks
We’re on the verge of a very different world for utilities as they face a dramatic business and technological transformation. Power, communications, transportation, infrastructure and even public safety are becoming interconnected and interdependent as utilities develop the intelligent grid.

Blog

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.
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
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.