VP & General Counsel

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Jill M. Lyon

VP & General Counsel

May 20, 2008


Systems built to withstand disasters

Systems built to work everywhere

New solutions always considered, but vendor
and technology must be proven

Maintaining existing spectrum viability

Access to sufficient spectrum (shared or
dedicated) to meet significant future needs


Within utility, among systems

Between utility and others (emergencies)

Among utilities at data level (Smart Grids)

First time Congress thinks of utilities and
communications/IT together!

Lays out Congressional thinking about what is
necessary for smart grid migration and how
Federal government should participate

For specific UTC goals, Title XIII (Smart Grid)
discusses utility communications capability in
several places

DOE, FERC, States and stakeholders to carry out
program re: digital information technology use.
Broad language, but importantly, includes language:

“to conduct research to advance the use of . . .
secure and dependable communications in a highly
distributed environment”

“to test new reliability technologies, including those
concerning communications network capabilities in a
grid control room environment”

“to identify communications network capacity
needed to implement advanced technologies.”

DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy
Reliability tasked w/report on status of smart
grid deployments: 1 yr, then every 2 years

Report to include utility communications network

Can include recommendations for State/Federal
policies, actions to help transition

Should be regionally based

Title also mandates Smart Grid Advisory
Committee (stakeholders), Task Force
(internal to FG); funding options;
standards; security inquiry.

Existing Spectrum Challenges

512 MHz Narrowbanding and Next Steps

700 MHz

Access for CI?

800 MHz

Rebanding mostly complete; new
decision for Canadian border regions

900 MHz

LMR Decision Coming?

928 MHz

LMS Changes Must Protect Critical
Systems; also Spectrum Etiquette

2 GHz Microwave Relocation


6 GHz

support FWCC’s call for 30 MHz paths

14 GHz

Petition for Rulemaking to allow
secondary use by CI

TV White Spaces

Migratory birds & tower lighting

FCC auction of A
E blocks of spectrum nets $19
billion, but no D
Block sale, questions about
viability of interoperable network framework

FNPR just released asks questions about how
to re
auction (keep PS network? Basic
commercial auction?)

Mention of CI as possible users; however, question
of eligibility based on Sec. 337 definition

Regardless of outcome, utilities will make good
partners for D
block winner: access to towers,
infrastructure, fiber, for access to spectrum

Petition for Rulemaking filed 5/6 seeks CII
access to 14.0
14.5 GHz

Secondary status

spectrum shared with satellite

Designed for terrestrial pt
pt, pt

Could support short
distance, broadband data

UTC to obtain nationwide license, serve as
“CII Coordinator” under proposal

Commercial operator Winchester would have
priority access, help to avoid
interference with satellite.

FCC loses challenge by environmental groups in DC
Circuit court 2/19

Didn’t apply NEPA, other statutes properly when
denying challenge to Gulf towers

Remanded to comply, also
provide meaningful
notice of pending tower applications


NAB/CTIA/NATE/PCIA petition to include notice as
part of ASR process

environmental challenges to be
treated as Petitions to Deny

LMCC to file comments noting difficulties created
for frequency coordinators, suggesting solutions

Utilities to spend $100s billions over next 10
20 yrs as part of revolution in infrastructure

telecom/IT networks are key


continued focus on reliability, add’l
regulation will require balance between new
technologies and proven capabilities

Most utilities will build new technologies
INTERNALLY or seek partnerships where they
control, to meet requirements

UTC providing research, conferences,
training, as well as seeking spectrum
solutions and protection to help meet needs.

For more information, contact:

Jill Lyon,