Proceedings PaperPlanning For The Future: Electric Utilities And Fiber Optics
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American electric utilities are beginning to make heavy use of fiber for a number of applications beyond transmission of,voice and data among operating centers and plant facilities. These additional uses include load management and protective relaying. This shift to fiber is due to the advantages offered by fiber and because of congestion in the radio bands used for power line carrier and private microwave systems. This shift to fiber has been facilitated by a regulatory policy permitting utilities to lease reserve capacity on this fiber systems on an unregulated basis. This, in turn, has interested electric utilities in building fiber to their residential and commercial customers for voice data and video. This will also provide for sophisticated load management systems and generation of revenue.