UTC Asks Lawmakers to Require FCC, FERC Meetings
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | Comments

The Utilities Technology Council (UTC) asked lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee on energy to require the FCC to hold regular meetings about spectrum with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

“Although FERC and every other federal agency acknowledge the energy sector as the most critical of all critical industries, the FCC’s spectrum policies do not,” UTC President Joy Ditto said in the letter. “Utilities are treated like any other commercial enterprise when it comes to spectrum acquisition, making it difficult for our nation’s energy providers to secure needed spectrum.”

UTC said meetings between the two federal regulatory bodies would build understanding between the industries they regulate, which is especially crucial as the energy and telecommunications sectors become more interdependent.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has jurisdiction over both FERC and the FCC. “Members of this subcommittee therefore have a unique opportunity to facilitate these discussions and analyze the growing interdependencies between the energy and telecommunications sectors,” the letter said. “We have also expressed these sentiments to members of the subcommittee on communications and technology, which has oversight of the FCC.”

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