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Tuesday, August 19, 2003

 

Blackout 2003: Utility telecommunications may get higher priority at FCC

"The United Telecom Council, which represents electric power, water, gas and pipeline and other "critical infrastructure" entities, has been arguing for years that its members need more spectrum to expand increasingly complex internal communications systems. The blackout that crippled the Northeast, Midwest and parts of Canada is just the latest example of why utility companies need more allocated spectrum, says Mark Gedris, spokesman for UTC."

The article goes on to say that the UTC doesn't intend to overtly play up the blackout. (Disclaimer: Fiber Planners is a member and strong supporter of the UTC).

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