Federal Communications Commission

Broadband Key to Smarter Grids and Smarter Homes

July 21st, 2010 by Nick Sinai - Energy and Environment Director

I was honored to give the keynote at yesterday's Broadband breakfast, and took the opportunity to talk about how broadband plays an important role in smarter electric grids and smarter homes.  The keynote speech was followed by a panel discussion where we discussed how IT and advanced communications has the potential to improve the grid for utilities and consumers alike.

Chapter 12 of the National Broadband Plan outlines our specific recommendations, which include two major themes on the Smart Grid:

  • Unleash energy innovation in homes by making energy data readily accessible to consumers.
  • Modernize the electric grid with broadband, making it more reliable and efficient.

Below is a video of the event:

3 Responses to “Broadband Key to Smarter Grids and Smarter Homes”

  1. Gnarlodious says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to comment. I travel a lot in the US, and EVERYWHERE I go EVERYONE complains about ISPs. Please persist in openness, de-monopolizing the pipelines and preventing the despotism that has defined our internet service under the current big-media paradigm. Please ensure a democratic channel for future generations.

    Thank you.

  2. Guest says:

    Smart consumers keep YOU out of our homes. We don't need your kind of technology. Government tecnology always comes with strings.

  3. Enrique J says:

    Glad to see that the broadband plan is becoming closer and closer to becoming reality. I'm tired of dial up. I would like to watch the video but, don't have broadband.

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