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T&D World Article: Connect to Protect: Private Communications Networks

May 4, 2022  –  SDG&E deploys a private communications network to monitor and maintain its grid in real time, so it can reduce its wildfire risk. by Omar Zevallos, SDG&E More than half of the largest wildfires in California’s history have occurred in the past...

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

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.

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

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Cybersecurity: Benefits of a Private LTE Network
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Cybersecurity: Benefits of a Private LTE Network

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…

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

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Rural Broadband Playbook
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Rural Broadband Playbook

This document provides a high-level overview of the options for utility support of broadband internet service deployment to underserved customers. While electric utilities of all types are considering or making investments in their own private wired and wireless broadband communications infrastructure primarily.

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UBBA Celebrates Membership Growth in First Year

Closing Out 2021 with Increased Interest and New Members Dec 20, 2021 –The Utility Broadband Alliance (UBBA)  is a collaboration of utilities and ecosystem partners dedicated to championing the advancement and development of private broadband networks for America’s critical infrastructure industries. Members have access to resources that...

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UBBA Business Working Group -Broadband FAQ

What is Broadband? The UBBA Business Working Group created several educational tools to help the industry learn more about the strategies and opportunities available.

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UBBA Business Working Group -Broadband Acronyms List

The UBBA Business Working Group created several educational tools to help the industry learn more about the strategies and opportunities available.

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Operating a Private LTE Network
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Operating a Private LTE Network

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…

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Hosting Options for a PLTE Network
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Hosting Options for a PLTE Network

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…

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How the innovative device ecosystem is enabling end-to-end use cases for utilities
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How the innovative device ecosystem is enabling end-to-end use cases for utilities

Enabling smarter, safer and more connected utilities requires cooperation, collaboration and partnership between device manufacturers and network infrastructure providers. This ecosystem panel of experts will discuss solutions that bring redundancy to cellular infrastructure, coordinate power generation, monitor power distribution and ensure employee safety. Thought leaders...

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Utility Broadband Alliance to Provide a Powerful Industry Advantage
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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.

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Smart Energy International – Utility Broadband Alliance and the Mandate to Ensure Reliable Communications
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Smart Energy International – Utility Broadband Alliance and the Mandate to Ensure Reliable Communications

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.

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

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 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Edison Electric Institute (EEI), and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) explored key challenges facing electric utilities and examined private broadband networks as a critical element of the transforming grid.

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2019 UBBA Summit
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2019 UBBA Summit

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.

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Utility Industry Leaders Join to Champion Private Broadband Networks
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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.

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

The Utility Broadband Alliance (UBBA) hosted a two-day summit for utility executives and industry technology leaders to explore key challenges facing electric utilities.

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Opportunities for Utility Private Broadband Networks
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Opportunities for Utility Private Broadband Networks

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.

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Utilities, Tech Firms Form Alliance for Private Industrial IoT 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 has 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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Utility Broadband Alliance priorities and focus
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Utility Broadband Alliance priorities and focus

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

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Utility Broadband Alliance chases LTE, challenges MNOs
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Utility Broadband Alliance chases LTE, challenges MNOs

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

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The UBBA’s First Steps
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The UBBA’s First Steps

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

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pdvWireless, Southern Linc Ally on Private Broadband for Utilities
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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.

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

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

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

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Presentations from 2022 UBBA Summit & Plugfest – Tuesday Tech Sessions

Each utility strategy is different and UBBA is the best resource for utilities to ask questions and collaborate about broadband solutions to meet the coverage, resilience, reliability, and cybersecurity requirements for their utility.  Reliable and resilient communications are critical for power utility operations.  The loss...

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