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Which Spectrum Options Make the Most Sense for Your Utility

Bryan Schromsky  (Managing Partner, 5G Public Sector, Verizon)

Jim Hendershot  (President & CTO, Radio Design Group, Inc.)

Chris Guttman-McCabe  (Chief Regulatory and Communications Officer, Anterix)

Michael McMenamin  (Vice President Regulatory Affairs, Lynk Global, Inc.)

Location: W230D

Date: Tuesday, March 26

Time: 10:20 am - 11:20 am

Track: Utilities

Topic: Backhaul, Broadband, Critical Infrastructure, Interoperability, IT & OT, IoT, Project Management, Satellite, Smart-X, Spectrum

Format: Panel Session

Vault Recording: TBD

As utilities move toward decarbonization, distributed energy and decentralized energy generation, they need to modernize their grids for the obstacles that they may face. New wireless technology allows sensors, smart street lights, AMI 2.0, SCADA and other system monitoring to be done wirelessly. But wireless means spectrum. Examine how utilities of all types can evaluate the licensed spectrum options available. Review of the key attributes of each frequency, such as propagation characteristics, power limits, latency, bandwidth, equipment ecosystem, interference, device availability, and more.

Key Takeaways:
1. Explore the different spectrum bands and frequencies, from 900 MHz and ACSB to Private LTE, CBRS or carrier-operated networks.
2. Examine interoperability across spectrum options, and what works best for each part of your network.
3. Discuss the risks and rewards of each option in each case, whether you are densifying the network in a city or gapping coverage in rural areas and everything in between.