Energy Industry Makes Case for Nationwide Dedicated Spectrum (11/5/12)
Monday, November 05, 2012 | Comments

Representatives from the energy industry submitted a position paper with the FCC, highlighting the oil and gas sector’s need for dedicated spectrum. American Petroleum Institute (API) telecommunications subcommittee and ENTELEC regulatory committee officials met with FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai Oct. 31 to discuss the spectrum needs.

“A shortage of radio spectrum is jeopardizing the energy industry’s ability to continue developing energy resources safely and efficiently,” the paper said. “Over time, the FCC has reallocated large amounts of bandwidth away from the critical infrastructure industry to other services.”

As examples, the paper said the licensed portions of the 2 GHz band was allocated to other uses such as PCS, advanced wireless services (AWS) and mobile satellite services (MSS). In 2001, the FCC auctioned most of the spectrum in the 928/952 and 932/941 MHz band, one of the few options for exclusive point-to-multipoint communications heavily used by the energy industry.

“Access to dedicated spectrum on a nationwide basis is the best way to ensure that the energy industry can remain competitive and deploy the next generation of technology, including digital oil fields and smart grids,” the paper said. “The FCC and other government agencies need to ensure that these critical applications are supported by sufficient spectrum resources.”

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