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Re: Implementing the National Broadband Plan by Studying the Communications Requirements of Electric Utilities to Inform Federal Smart Grid Policy

Alcatel-Lucent (“ALU”) appreciates the opportunity to contribute to the Department of Energy’s (“Department”) Request for Information (“RFI”)1 to better understand the communications requirements of utilities, including the requirements of Smart Grid Technology. ALU sees smart grid as one of several solutions offered by the technological advances and widespread deployment of broadband networks. While in its comments ALU addresses the narrow issues raised specifically in the Department’s RFI, these comments also convey broader policy recommendations for the Federal Government, including the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission”), to consider.