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5G, Spectrum, Broadband, Grid Modernization Highlight UTC Annual Conference

5G, Spectrum, Broadband, Grid Modernization Highlight UTC Annual Conference

Washington—May 22, 2019 – Cybersecurity, utilities and 5G, grid modernization, spectrum access for wireless deployment, grid resilience, utilities’ rural broadband deployment, and the growing convergences between the energy and telecom sectors are among the several topics being discussed at the June 17-21 Utilities Technology Council’s annual Telecom and Technology conference in Fort Worth, TX.

Hundreds of utility executives, engineers, vendors, and other utility and technology officials will participate in the highly anticipated event. Confirmed speakers include Joao Torres, CEO of EDP Distribuição of Portugal, Malia Hodges, CIO of Oncor Electric Delivery (the conference’s host utility), Energy Storage Association CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman, Common Ground Alliance President and CEO Sarah Magruder Lyle, and North American Transmission Forum CEO Tom Galloway.

In addition, Shawn Rhodes, a motivational speaker, will speak during the June 19 morning general session. Drawing from his experience in the battlefield and the boardroom, Mr. Rhodes will provide advice, insight, and perspectives on how utilities can best prepare for the major technological and policy changes that could disrupt the industry.

The conference is being held at the Fort Worth Convention Center in downtown Fort Worth. A complete agenda and program information, along with registration and hotel details, is available here:

“The UTC Telecom & Technology Conference is the premier event focused on utilities’ information and communications technology needs to ensure highly reliable, safe, and affordable energy and water services now and into the future,” said UTC President and CEO Joy Ditto. “From the policy implications to the technical specifications to the business decisions surrounding these issues, the UTC conference will give attendees the tools to tackling these ICT opportunities and challenges head-on. We also provide numerous platforms throughout the conference to establish relationships with trusted ICT vendors and consultants. This is a must-attend event!”

At the center of the conference is a general session on Wednesday, June 20, featuring CEOs and senior leadership including Mr. Torres of EDP Distribuição of Portugal, Ms. Hodges of Oncor, Ms. Speakes-Backman of the Energy Storage Association, EPRI, the Smart Electric Power Alliance, Mr. Galloway of the North American Transmission Forum, and Ms. Lyle of the Common Ground Alliance. Panelists will discuss how critical utility communications networks are to the resilience, safety, reliability, and future of the grid.

In addition, the conference features eight educational tracks on the following topics:
• SCADA, AMI, & Utility Automation
• Using Data for Innovative Telecom Services
• Converged Systems for Smarter Communities
• Business Drivers of Telecom Infrastructure
• Telecom Options for Utility Operators
• Utility Assets & Broadband Options
• Connective Security Solutions
• Utility Spectrum Policies

Reporters interested in covering the event may attend at no charge; however, given the demand for rooms, reporters are encouraged to notify Rob Thormeyer as soon as possible to secure a room at the conference hotel and to be registered as press.

About UTC
The Utilities Technology Council (UTC) is a global trade association dedicated to serving critical infrastructure providers. Through advocacy, education and collaboration, UTC creates a favorable business, regulatory and technology environment for our members who own or operate Information and Communication Technology (ICT) systems in support of their core business. For more information:


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