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Re: NBP RFI: Communications Requirements

CTIA – The Wireless Association® (“CTIA”)1 submits this response to the Department of Energy’s (“DOE”) Request for Information (“RFI”) regarding the communications requirements of utilities pursuant to the National Broadband Plan.2 Wireless communications are a critical component of “Smart Grids” and commercial wireless networks can readily satisfy the communications requirements of Smart Grid applications. As CTIA explains below, (1) commercial wireless solutions are already meeting communications needs to implement the Smart Grid with both utility network and consumer applications; (2) commercial wireless networks‟ ubiquity, security and reliability support the operational requirements of Smart Grid applications and will facilitate consumer utilization of smart grid features; and (3) the federal government should not allocate dedicated Smart Grid spectrum, but should focus on efficiently utilizing existing commercial wireless networks.