Thought Leadership

UTC is driving the conversations forward on the convergence between the energy, water and telecommunications industries. Through advocacy, speaking at industry events, and interviews in the global media, UTC staff leaders are a great resource for our members and the industry. Below are some of the recent thought leadership examples of UTC thought leadership.



Articles/White papers

UTC senior staff members are quoted regularly in industry publications along with our advocacy leaders. Below are some of our most recently quoted articles:

UTC subject matter experts are frequently asked to speak at industry events as trusted resources. Here are some recent places UTC staff spoke on industry topics:

UTC subject matter experts are called on to write articles for other publications.  Here are some of the most recent:

April 24, 2020 – Bloomberg: FCC Widens Wi-Fi Airwaves Access

April 23, 2020 – Broadcasting+Cable: Some Jeers for FCC’s 6 GHz Item

April 20, 2020 – Daily Energy Insider: Ameren Plans Move to Private LTE Network to Bolster Reliability, Resilience

April 20, 2020 – EnergyWire: Utilities Brace for Loss on 5G Rule Despite Murkowski Push

April 2, 2020 – Politico Morning Tech: What’s at Stake for Digital Connectivity in Capitol Hill’s Next Coronavirus Fight [quotes UTC’s Sharla Artz on 6 GHz item]

April 2, 2020 – NetworkWorld: FCC Wants to Add a New Swath of Bandwidth to Wi-Fi 6

April 2, 2020 – MissionCritical Communications: FCC Chairman Moves Forward on Rules to Allow Wi-Fi at 6 GHz

Dec. 20, 2019 – Platts: FERC Offers Staff to Aid FCC, Review Proposal Seen as Power, Gas Network Threat

Nov. 12, 2019 – Bloomberg: Utilities, First Responders Renew Critique of FCC’s Wi-Fi Sharing Plan (subscription required)

Oct. 22, 2019 – Bloomberg: FCC Presses Wi-Fi Plan Despite Utility, First Responder Worries

Oct. 9, 2019 – Daily Energy Insider: Utilities Want to Retain Their Own Space on 6 GHz Band

Aug. 26, 2019 – Podcast:  It’s All About Telecommunications  Ron Chebra’s interview with Joy Ditto, President and CEO of Utilities Technology Council, discussing the importance and dependence the energy industry has on reliable, scalable and secure telecommunications for virtually every operational aspect that a utility has.

Aug. 6, 2019 – Bloomberg: Power and Tech Giants Fight Over Airwaves Space in the U.S. 

July 19, 2019 – Platts: Trade Groups Urge DOE to Fight FCC Plan Seen as Threat to Utilities’ Networks

June 28, 2019 – Platts: Utility Sector Asks FERC to Nudge FCC on Spectrum Proposal

March 21, 2019 – EnergyWire: How 5G High-Speed America Jolts Grid Security

March 13, 2019 – MissionCritical Communications: UTC Releases New White Paper on 5G and Utilities

Feb. 25, 2019 – Platts: Trade Groups Say FCC Proposal Threatens Grid Reliability, Outage Risk

Feb. 19, 2019 – MissionCritical Communications: AT&T Joins Public Safety, CII in Opposing Unlicensed Operations at 6 GHz

Feb. 14, 2019 – Platts: Better Coordination with Telecom Sector Needed During Storm Restoration: Electric Industry Groups

Feb. 5, 2019 – Axios: Tech and Utilities Clash Over Proposed FCC Broadband Rule

Oct. 24, 2018 – UtilityDive: Utilities Worry FCC Plan to Open Wireless Spectrum Could Compromise Communications

Oct. 12, 2018 – EnergyWire: Senators Examine Grid’s Readiness for a Very Bad Day

July 11, 2018 – FierceWireless: Utilities Push for Expanded Access in 4.9 GHz Band

July 10, 2018 – RCRWireless News: Four Private LTE Cases

July 9, 2018 – MissionCritical Communications: Public Safety Advocates for 4.9 GHz, CII Requests Access

May 10, 2018 – Radio Magazine: Utilities Object to the FCC’s Attempt to Reallocate Spectrum

May 10, 2018 – FierceWireless: Utilities to FCC: Don’t Mess with Our Spectrum 

April 18, 2018 – Platts: Trade group eyes FERC, FCC collaboration to better address utility communications needs

April 18, 2018 – MissionCritical Communications: UTC Asks Lawmakers to Require FCC, FERC Meetings

April 17, 2018 – Washington Examiner: Electricity industry on a collision course with the FCC

April 12, 2018 – MissionCritical Communications: UTC Requests Funding for Communications R&D

April 2, 2018 – EnergyWire: Grid Overseer Warns of Threats after GridEx

March 23, 2018 – MissionCritical Communications: FCC Proposes Sharing 4.9 GHz Public-Safety Band

March 14, 2018 – Platts: US Energy Infrastructure Investments Must Extend to Utilities’ Telecom Networks

March 7, 2018 – MissionCritical Communications: UTC Asks for NTIA Support on Spectrum for Utilities

Feb. 27, 2018 – MissionCritical Communications: UTC Asks House Energy Committee to Facilitate More Spectrum for Utilities

Feb. 20, 2018 – MissionCritical Communications: FCC Official Touts Utilities’ Role in Broadband

Feb. 1, 2018 – MissionCritical Communications: UTC Praises FCC’s Rural Broadband Auction Planned to Begin July 24

January 2020 – Sharla Artz, UTC Senior Vice President of Government and External Affairs, participated in the U.S. Energy Association’s Annual State of the Energy Industry event

October 2019 – Joy Ditto, UTC President & CEO, participated in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-University of Kentucky inaugural EnVision Forum

June 2019 – Joy Ditto, UTC President & CEO, participated in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s annual Reliability Technical Conference

March 2019 – Sharla Artz, UTC Senior Vice President of Government and External Affairs, participated in the annual RSA Conference in San Francisco

October 2018 – Joy Ditto, UTC President & CEO testified before Senate Committee on Utility Communications During Emergency Response 

July 2018 – Bob Lockhart spoke at the Burns & McDonnell Security Summit on “Lessons Learned in Deploying New Cybersecurity and Regulatory Compliance”

April 2018 – Sharla Artz spoke at Xcel Utility IT Symposium on Cybersecurity issues for IT/OT Convergence

Utilities’ Communications Needs are Diverse and Growing, UTC Survey Finds: op/ed in Utility Dive authored by Joy Ditto

Utility Network Baseline–Spring 2019 Update: white paper authored by UTC

Cutting Through the Hype–5G and Its Potential Impact on Utilities: white paper commissioned by UTC

Skinny Wire (Vol. XIII, Iss. 1) page 34: article by Bob Lockhart

Skinny Wire (Vol. XII, Iss. 1) page 32: article by Brett Kilbourne

Skinny Wire (Vol. XI, Iss. 2) page 27: article by Bobbi Harris

Skinny Wire (Vol. XI, Iss. 1) page 6: article by Bob Lockhart

Skinny Wire (Vol. X, Iss. 1) page 10: article by Bobbi Harris


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