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Department of Energy to Host Spectrum Policy Seminar for the Utility Sector on December 8, 2010

November 17, 2010 - 7:09pm


On October 5, 2010, after an extensive public notice and comment process, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a report entitled, "Communications Requirements of Smart Grid Technologies". The complete text of the report, and of a second report addressing data access and privacy issues arising from the deployment of smart grid technologies, can be found here.

One recommendation in the report was to provide more information to the utility sector on spectrum policy issues in light of the role wireless communications will surely play in the deployment of smart grid technologies. At this spectrum policy seminar, senior officials from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will provide an overview designed for the utility sector of the current spectrum management process.

They will also address some of the federal programs currently available to ensure priority restoration and priority calling for utilities during times of emergency. Scott Blake Harris, General Counsel, will make introductory remarks. Featured speakers include: Julius Knapp, Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology, FCC; Jennifer Manner, Deputy Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, FCC; Michael McKenzie, Deputy Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, FCC; Roger Noel, Chief, Mobility Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, FCC; and Karl Nebbia, Associate Administrator, Office of Spectrum Management, NTIA.

The seminar will take place on December 8, 2010, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will be held at the U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room GH-019, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20585–0121.

All members of the public are invited to attend. Please pre-register to the extent possible by contacting Katharine Dickerson at 202-586-5281 or