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How 5G high-speed America jolts grid security

from E&E News

Picture a very crowded, overheated boxing ring. In one corner, Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Cisco and other technology titans are pressing the Federal Communications Commission to clear a path for a deluge of new super-fast Wi-Fi apps and social media content over America's next-generation 5G internet. In the other corner is the entire energy sector, which is represented by its powerful Washington lobbying shops including the Edison Electric Institute, American Public Power Association, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, American Petroleum Institute, American Water Works Association and Utilities Technology Council. At the center of the ring is a noisy fight for control of wireless spectrum that the electricity industry says is absolutely critical for communications if a natural disaster knocks out a substation or hackers breach the grid. more


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