Utilities Highlight Synergies, Support Federal Spectrum Sharing
Highlighting the obvious synergies between the public and private sectors, UTC and the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) last week supported a recent solicitation from the Defense Department (DoD) on the possibility of spectrum sharing.
“Sharing spectrum opens the opportunity for the DoD to create synergies with the electric sector to advance the nation’s larger policy objectives and would benefit utilities and military branches of the government in numerous ways, both in practical and policy terms,” UTC and EEI said in comments filed with the Defense Department.
At issue is a request for information DoD released last month seeking insight into solutions and technologies that would enable spectrum sharing between the military agency and the private sector.
UTC has been discussing the possibility of sharing spectrum with DoD for several years. Indeed, since March 2020 UTC staff has convened regular meetings with core utility members to discuss spectrum-sharing possibilities with the agency.
In its comments, UTC and EEI reiterate the common mission of both the electric utility industry and DoD: to serve and protect the public. This commonality makes exploration of spectrum sharing an important initiative.
“Utilities are compatible users of the spectrum and could share spectrum with federal operations without causing interference or other vulnerabilities, particularly as compared with other potential users of the spectrum, such as commercial communications service providers,” UTC and EEI stated. “Utilities and the DoD (as well as other federal agencies) both require highly reliable, resilient and secure communications in order to support their core operations, and sharing spectrum may produce overarching benefits far beyond spectrum efficiency, including synergies which can reduce costs and promote the availability of equipment from commercial manufacturers and suppliers, as described in more detail below.”
UTC core utility members are encouraged to join UTC’s regular discussions on DoD-spectrum sharing.
Please contact the UTC Public Policy Team for any information.