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Broadband Plan Recommendations Chapter 12

  • Integrate broadband into the Smart Grid
    • As outlined in Chapter 16, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should start a proceeding to explore the reliability and resiliency of commercial broadband communications networks.
    • States should reduce impediments and financial disincentives to using commercial service providers for Smart Grid communications.
    • The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) should clarify its Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) security requirements.
    • Congress should consider amending the Communications Act to enable utilities to use the proposed public safety 700 MHz wireless broadband network.
    • The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the FCC should continue their joint efforts to identify new uses for federal spectrum and should consider the requirements of the Smart Grid.
    • The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in collaboration with the FCC, should study the communications requirements of electric utilities to inform federal Smart Grid policy. Unleash innovation in smart homes and smart buildings
    • States should require electric utilities to provide consumers access to, and control of, their own digital energy information, including real-time information from smart meters and historical consumption, price and bill data over the Internet. If states fail to develop reasonable policies over the next 18 months, Congress should consider national legislation to cover consumer privacy and the accessibility of energy data.
    • The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) should adopt consumer digital data accessibility and control standards as a model for states.
    • DOE should consider consumer data accessibility policies when evaluating Smart Grid grant applications, report on the states' progress toward enacting consumer data accessibility and develop best practices guidance for states.
    • The Rural Utilities Services (RUS) should make Smart Grid loans to rural electric cooperatives a priority, including integrated Smart Grid-broadband projects. RUS should favor Smart Grid projects from states and utilities with strong consumer data accessibility policies.
  • Accelerate sustainable ICT
    • The FCC should start a proceeding to improve the energy efficiency and environmental impact of the communications industry.
    • The federal government should take a leadership role in improving the energy efficiency of its data centers.

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