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Comments of Verizon and Verizon Wireless

As the Department of Energy (DOE) correctly notes, Smart Grid technology holds significant promise in improving “the reliability, availability, and efficiency of the electric system.” The benefits of developing and deploying Smart Grid technology include reduced energy costs, increased security, enhanced durability, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. But effective communications networks and services are critical to the success of Smart Grid technology. For Smart Grids to function properly, vast amounts of information must be transmitted and processed to and from consumers and electricity producers and distributors, with high levels of security as that data transmission and processing takes place.