Qualcomm is pleased to provide these detailed comments to the Department of Energy (“DOE” or “Department”) on how current and future wireless broadband communications capabilities can support the energy management needs of electric utilities, businesses, and consumers, which include requirements for the evolving and growing Smart Grid. The DOE should be applauded for timely following-up on the recommendations in the Federal Communications Commission’s National Broadband Plan (“NBP”) that focus on how broadband communications systems can achieve the critically important U.S. goals of energy independence and enhanced energy efficiency. See FCC NBP at 247. In this regard, Qualcomm explains how commercial wireless technologies can be used to satisfy the varied and increasing communications needs of electric utilities. Qualcomm looks forward to continuing a dialogue with the DOE and its industry partners on these important issues as Smart Grid technologies are further integrated into our electrical networks.