VP & General Counsel

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Nov 21, 2013 (3 years and 10 months ago)

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Jill M. Lyon

VP & General Counsel

May 20, 2008


RELIABILITY


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


Interoperability


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
capabilities


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


150
-
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?


902
-
928 MHz


LMS Changes Must Protect Critical
Systems; also Spectrum Etiquette


2 GHz Microwave Relocation


again


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
-
to
-
pt, pt
-
to
-
multipt
.


Could support short
-
distance, broadband data
needs


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


Commercial operator Winchester would have
lower
-
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


BUT


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,
jill.lyon@utc.org