Responding to the FCC’s 900 MHz Transition Order


T&D World – Hundreds of public, private and nonprofit entities in sectors including public utilities, municipals, cooperatives, manufacturing, transportation, and oil and gas have been utilizing narrowband land mobile radio (LMR) communications systems to enhance their operations for more than 30 years. Such organizations and others like specialized mobile radio (SMR) and business/industrial/land transportation (B/ILT) providers must have 900 MHz licenses which authorize their use of the airwaves. If you fall into one of these categories, you may be affected by the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) recent order to realign the 900 MHz band.

Learn more about the business-critical connectivity issues currently facing U.S. organizations in this FAQ.

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Will Future EVs Double the World’s Need for Electricity?


(The Truth About Cars) – While electric automobiles have numerous advantages over internal combustion vehicles, we’ve often wondered when their disadvantages would be offset to a point that would make sense to have them become the dominant mode of transportation. While there are multiple issues that have to be addressed, one of the largest involves finding a way to source the kind of energy needed for the world to recharge them on a regular basis.

An EV-dominated society likely means elevated energy prices and peak demand hours that could easily overtax national energy grids. Renewable energy sources may also prove insufficient in providing the kind of power necessary — potentially requiring countries to double down on plants reliant on coal, oil, and natural gas if nuclear facilities are not approved. Counter-productive takes like that are often downplayed, however, so industrial giants can continue proclaiming the technology as largely trouble-free.

But what happens when EV royalty starts making similar claims about our collective energy needs?

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, stated that the world’s electricity consumption would likely double as EVs become the norm.


SCANA, Dominion agree to pay $25 million civil fine in massive nuclear fraud case


The StateSCANA and its successor company, Dominion Energy, have reached an agreement to pay the federal Securities and Exchange Commission a $25 million civil fine in one of the state’s largest civil fraud cases, according to public court records filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

Under the proposed settlement, neither SCANA, a now-defunct company, nor Dominion Energy, its successor company, admit any fault in the multi-billion dollar business failure of one of the state’s largest construction projects ever – the effort to build two nuclear power plants in Fairfield County.

However, under the proposal, neither corporation can publicly claim it is innocent of any wrong-doing alleged in the SEC’s 87-page civil complaint, filed last February in U.S. District Court in Columbia.