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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Leveraging Investment in Fiber Optic Communications

Though utilities use only a fraction of the broadband capacity they install to support smart grid applications, it is relatively easy to justify investing in that capacity. If utilities were to lease fiber optic capacity to providers of general broadband services, companies in both sectors would benefit, and so would their customers.
  • Why is it so much easier to build a business case for smart grid communications than for broadband services?
  • Why does it make sense for utilities to invest in fiber optics for smart grid even though its bandwidth requirements are modest?
  • Why is joint use of the communications facilities benefit consumers?
Click here to read Michael Kennedy's complete article (IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter, June 2011).

To read more from Michael Kennedy, click here.

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