The panel will discuss how they see private LTE shaping the future of utilities. With 900 MHz spectrum for private LTE wireless broadband networks now approved for use, and the auctioning of the shared CBRS spectrum has begun, the nation’s electric utilities have an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate and advance their grid modernization and resiliency programs.

Listen to industry experts discuss how they would “visioneer” the intersection of smart communications and smart grids, as well as all the benefits that will flow from the integration of the two.

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Private wireless broadband has been a critical unmet need for electric utilities in the last decade. With the upcoming CBRS auction and the FCC Ruling on 900 MHz in May, spectrum is now available for utilities to build their private LTE networks and expand their broadband to the edge of the grid in support of utility modernization efforts.

Hear industry experts share their perspectives and help utilities navigate through these uncharted broadband spectrum waters.

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Current events have demonstrated once again the essential role of the electric grid in society.

Utilities had to adapt to a new operating model forced by social distancing. It feels like the world has been turned upside down. We know yesterday’s grid won’t meet the dynamic challenges of now or into the future. Join us as we look deeper into these operational challenges that utilities face in light of all these events, explore industry trends, and identify mission critical innovations needed.

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The Dentons Special Edition Virtual Roundtable: “Spectrum for Utilities – Breaking News” discussion regards the recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) landmark ruling on the availability of 900 MHz spectrum to be used for critical infrastructure including private LTE utility networks. Clint Vince, Chair of Dentons’ US Energy practice and Co-chair of Dentons’ Global Energy sector, moderated a distinguished panel including Rob Schwartz, President of Anterix; Tami Barron, President and CEO of Southern Company’s Southern Linc; and Richelle Elberg, Principal Research Analyst at Guidehouse (formerly Navigant) to explain the FCC ruling and what it means for the utility sector.

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Anterix CEO Morgan O’Brien on How Utility Access to Private Broadband Will Accelerate Grid Modernization. Recently Announced FCC Decision Widens Pathway for Utility Critical Infrastructure Advancement. The Federal Communications Commission on May 13 changed its rules to enable the use of “beachfront spectrum” in the 900 MHz band for broadband services. Morgan O’Brien, CEO of the wireless company Anterix, will tell NCAC members about the impact of the change on the energy industry.

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