Washington, D.C. – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) today hailed the Administration’s release of "A Policy Framework for the 21st Century Grid: Enabling Our Secure Energy Future."
Representing the companies that innovate, manufacture and supply the ICT products and services that will make the smart grid a reality, TIA believes modernization of the U.S. electric grid is a vital component of the nation’s energy strategy aiming to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, decrease carbon emissions, create jobs and help U.S. industry compete successfully in global markets for clean energy technology.
The four pillars of the Administration’s framework: 1) enabling cost-effective smart grid investments, 2) unlocking the potential for innovation in the electric sector, 3) empowering consumers and enabling them to make informed decisions, and 4) securing the grid, aim to overcome the policy obstacles that limit the potential of the smart grid.
Electric utilities and the ICT industry share a long tradition of partnering to build and maintain the communications networks contributing to the security and reliability of the grid. While ICT is not new to utilities, the degree of seamless integration between ICT and electric utility infrastructure provided by the smart grid provides unprecedented opportunities for utilities and consumers.
TIA applauds the efforts by the Administration to empower consumers, create an innovation-oriented environment for the development and deployment of smart grid technologies, and secure the electric grid.
TIA released a smart grid policy roadmap, outlining ICT policy recommendations to maximize the benefits of the smart grid, available for free download at: http://www.tiaonline.org/market_intelligence/
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry through standards development, advocacy, tradeshows, business opportunities, market intelligence and networking. Since 1924, TIA has been enhancing the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members’ products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment and entertainment.
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