5G May Be Holy Grail for Telecom, But Energy Sector Feels Much Anxiety Over New Network

Date:2019-04-25 01:02:24 Posted by:franklin View:425

While telecom giants are boasting faster, unlimited wireless connectivity for their mobile phone users under the long-awaited fifth generation wireless network (5G), the energy industry is worried.

Energy groups are warning regulators that a 5G rollout without securing adequate bandwidth for the sector could cause major harm to the nation’s electric grid and critical infrastructure.

FTC Narrowly Focused

Spectrum, space on an already demanding wireless network, is limited, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which controls it, is uber focused on the interests and concerns of the telecom industry, not the energy sector.

Joy Ditto, president and CEO of Utilities Technology Council, is on the front lines in Washington urging the FCC, Congress, Energy Department officials, and members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission(FERC) to work with the FCC to ensure space on the 5G network for utility operations.

UTC represents the telecommunications and information technology interests of electric, gas and water utilities which collectively provide most of the electricity to the U.S. grid.

“We want them to pay attention to what the FCC is doing and how it impacts energy provisions. We want them weighing in on resilienc

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