UTC Offers Congratulations to Carr, Starks Upon Senate Confirmation
WASHINGTON, Jan. 3, 2019—Utilities Technology Council President & CEO Joy Ditto issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed the nominations of Brendan Carr and Geoffrey Starks to the Federal Communications Commission:
“On behalf of the Utilities Technology Council, I would like to offer our congratulations to Brendan Carr and Geoffrey Starks upon securing Senate approval of their nominations to the Federal Communications Commission.
Electric, water, and gas utilities are in the midst of profound change. These changes are driving an unprecedented convergence between the utilities and the telecommunications industries. Utilities need access to interference-free spectrum to modernize, protect, and secure their critical infrastructure, and telecommunications carriers rely upon electricity and utility infrastructure to deploy their many of their services. Additionally, more coordination and cooperation between both industries is needed to improve restoration of essential utility and voice services after natural disasters.
This is a unique and opportune moment for the FCC to engage with its counterparts at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to discuss these and related issues, as the interdependencies between the energy and telecommunications industries will only deepen. We look forward to working with Commissioners Carr, Starks and their colleagues at the FCC as these issues progress.”
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: UTC.org