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Modern communications technology is the best choice for power grid Teleprotection

Power utilities rely on reliable, fast and secure transport of mission-critical traffic to monitor, analyze, control and maintain the grid. Of all the legacy applications utilities rely on, Teleprotection has the most stringent requirements – particularly in terms of delay. Many power utilities have deployed a new operational communications network to carry both new and [...]

How did a midsize city join the ranks of the world’s most advanced cities with Ultra Broadband technology?

Can a midsize city with a limited budget create a cost-effective fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network for smart grid as well as for consumer broadband access and triple play services? In the latest issue of Alcatel-Lucent’s GridTalk, Jim Baller, who advises the electric utility industry as President of the Baller Herbst Law Group, states, “one size doesn’t [...]

Community-Wide Broadband: Planning for a Connected Future

The extensive fiber to the home (FTTH) broadband project for smart grid and triple play undertaken by Opelika, Alabama, population 28,000, can serve as a model for communities looking to better their quality of life and support new business development. Though one size doesn’t fit all, communities looking to follow in Opelika’s footsteps can start planning for their connected future by considering a common set of economic factors.

With: J. Baller, President of the Baller Herbst Law Group - 14 Mar 2014

Committing to the Citizens: Opelika’s Broadband Game-Changer

Frustration with the local cable television service in the late 2000s set Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller on a path that has resulted in a new Ultra Broadband network – the most advanced in Alabama – that will enhance every aspect of its social fabric, now and in the future.

With: G. Fuller, Mayor of Opelika, Alabama - 14 Mar 2014

Success Strategies: Making Municipal Ultra Broadband Work

Municipal Ultra Broadband can provide a better quality of life and competitive advantages – especially when it is leveraged to support both utility and consumer services.

With: M. Madden, Regional Vice President, North American Utilities, Alcatel-Lucent - 14 Mar 2014

Connected: Opelika’s Ultra Broadband Supports Smart Grid and Advanced Consumer Services

In Opelika, Alabama (population 28,000), a new Ultra Broadband network based on fiber optic that spans the entire city has not only provided the infrastructure for a smart grid, but already is giving residents and businesses the opportunity to access high-quality voice, high-speed data and video services, including lightning-fast Internet access, IPTV and video-on-demand services.

With: D. Horton, Director and J. Owens, Manager of Marketing and Communications, of Opelika Power Services - 14 Mar 2014

One of the fastest internet service creates jobs

Chattanooga, Tennessee home of one of the country’s fastest and least expensive Internet services is catching the eye of NY Times which has published an interesting article in the earlier this week. For less than US$70 a month, Chattanooga can transfer data at one gigabit per second, 50 times the average speed for homes in [...]

What is your largest risk when migrating to IT?

To most people change equals risk, and the electric power industry is facing one of its biggest changes ever: the migration to advanced communications and control technology based on IP.  So, does that mean that power utilities are facing their largest risks ever? For some, perhaps. As with any change there are traps and pitfalls [...]

Investing in IP Technology: 10 Key Strategies for Value

The factors for planning IP/MPLS investments can be varied and extensive, depending on a power utility’s business focus, budget and regulatory environment.

With: M. Burke, Vice President, Intelligent Networks and Communications, DNV – GL (formally KEMA Inc.) - 20 Jan 2014

Managing the IP Evolution Within and Outside of the Organization

Achieving the benefits of IP is tied to the social challenge of fully assimilating the new technology.

With: R. Katz, Ph.D., Director of Business Strategy Research, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information - 20 Jan 2014