WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CTIA–The Wireless Association® commends the Utilities Telecom Council (UTC) for its recent study of energy and water utilities' communications needs. The report, "Utility Communications Needs: Key Factors that Impact Utility Communications Networks," concludes that utility companies rely on wireless technology for communications across the grid, and that wireless carriers will play an important role in smart grid deployment since they have the infrastructure and technical requirements needed for successful consumer adoption. Ultimately, this partnership between utility companies and wireless providers will provide consumers a more cost-effective energy and water solution.
Sponsored by Verizon Communications, UTC surveyed its utility members and identified key attributes including reliability, security, capacity and coverage that would be necessary for utility communications. The UTC study also describes how federal and state policies, from the FCC's National Broadband Plan to state public utility commission reviews of smart grid deployments, can enable cost-effective and timely deployment.
"We appreciate UTC's efforts on this study as it clearly explained how utilities can leverage our members' expansive wireless network investment now and in the future to help reduce utilities' environmental impact and improve their operations. Consumers can also benefit from reliable and cost-effective wireless technologies because they will ultimately improve our energy and water efficiencies," said K. Dane Snowden, vice president of external and state affairs, CTIA-The Wireless Association.
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CTIA-The Wireless Association® (www.ctia.org) is an international organization representing the wireless communications industry. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products. CTIA advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government. The association also coordinates the industry's voluntary best practices and initiatives, and sponsors the industry's leading wireless tradeshows. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, DC.
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