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December 17, 2009

The Privacy of Fridges: The Broadband Strategy plan meets the Smart Grid

Nick Sinai is Dir. of Energy and Environment for the FCC’s Broadband Strategy plan. In the latest posting at Broadband Strategy Week, he talks about how the requirements of the Smart Grid will affect the plan. How smart will the grid be? Will the FCC be regulating our refrigerators? Are there privacy concerns? How much bandwidth is required to support it? Who will build it? Will the Smart Grid be based on Internet protocols to ensure interoperability? Will it use the broadband infrastructure or the existing information infrastructure created by the electric companies? Should the energy industry be disrupted (in the good sense)?