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DOE URGES FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION TO ISSUE NEW SPECTRUM REALLOCATION PROPOSAL

 DOE URGES FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
 TO ISSUE NEW SPECTRUM REALLOCATION PROPOSAL
 WASHINGTON, June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recommended yesterday that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should publish a more detailed proposal for public review before requiring electric utilities and others to change to a different radio frequency band for communications and control of certain facilities.
 The FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking of Jan. 16, 1992, that would reallocate a portion of the radio spectrum now used by energy industries and make it available for new telecommunications technologies such as personal communications systems. DOE also recommended that the FCC review comments received on the existing proposed rule to determine whether the radio band that has been proposed for reallocation (1850-2200 Megahertz) is the most appropriate for the new technologies.
 Energy firms control their production and distribution facilities via communication systems using this band. Electric utilities in particular depend on these systems to ensure reliability of the electric power grid.
 Utilities require constant and virtually instantaneous communications to keep generating facilities in synchronous operation and to keep transmission lines from overloading. Disruptions in communication caused by interference from other users or by requirements to move to other frequencies could harm the reliability of electric service.
 According to DOE, if current users must relocate to a different band, disruptions would be minimized by:
 -- Making adequate replacement frequencies with appropriate
 technical characteristics available.
 -- Providing for fair cost reimbursement, where appropriate, to
 displaced users.
 -- Giving current users an adequate transition period for moving
 to the new frequencies. Multiple use of the 1850-2200 MHz
 band is a potential option that may minimize disruptions and
 should be explored further.
 For more information about DOE's comments contact: Kevin Kelly, director, Office of Electricity, Coal, Nuclear and Renewables Policy, 202-586-2757.
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 /CONTACT: Phil Keif of the Department of Energy, 202-586-5806/ CO: U.S. Department of Energy ST: District of Columbia IN: SU: EXE


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