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Reply Comments of Southern Company Services, Inc.

Southern Company Services, Inc. ("Southern"), on behalf of itself and its operating affiliates, hereby submits its reply comments in response to the Department of Energy's ("DOE's") Request for Information ("RFI"), released May 5, 2010, about current and projected communications requirements of electric utilities.1 Southern appreciates the opportunity to provide DOE with additional information and to respond to the initial comments submitted in this proceeding. As discussed more fully below, Southern believes that privately-owned and operated systems will continue to be needed for command and control operations. In addition, Southern is not opposed to using some commercial services for non-mission critical applications as long as reliability, cost, engineering, and other functionality issues are adequately addressed.