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Reply Comments of Verizon and Verizon Wireless

As Verizon noted in its opening comments in response to the Department of Energy’s Request for Information (RFI), effective communications networks and services are critical to the success of Smart Grid technology. Existing commercial broadband networks built and operated by experienced communications providers would best facilitate the implementation of Smart Grid technology, which requires the highly secure transmission and processing of vast amounts of information to and from consumers and electricity producers and distributors.

As evidenced by comments submitted in this proceeding, established communications providers not only are capable of meeting the communications needs of the utility sector as Smart Grid technology is implemented – they are already doing so.