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Utilities and Fiber
September 6, 2007 / Edward G. Lana, Network World

UTC's latest research report, The State of Utility Fiber 2007, authored by KEMA Inc. for UTC, finds that utilities are expanding fiber only when partners help them share the costs of buildout, or when transmission-line builds present opportunities to install fiber cost-effectively. Utilities that sell excess fiber also sometimes find customers who can help recover the cost of a build. When fiber is added, utilities typically expand fiber routes and capacity through tradeoff agreements: either fiber for utility right-of-way, or an exchange fiber in utility cable for fiber in the partner's cable.
Utilities tap BPL
September 7, 2007 / Jim Duffy, Network World

Utilities view broadband over power line (BPL) services not only as an enabler of new revenue but as a benefactor of internal operations as well. BPL's greatest promise is its potential to extend broadband to approximately 2 billion rural inhabitants who are "unreachable" for modern voice and data services, Newton-Evans says. Yet BPL will also be a key enabler of advanced metering infrastructure and automated meter reading, and allow demand response and "Demand Side Management" programs to develop, the firm asserts. "Many observers see BPL as eventually able to replace other forms of remote asset management that include SCADA, Teleprotection, and the use of narrow bandwidth forms of Power Line Carrier communications," the firm states in a press release.
The shape of 'community wind'
August 30, 2007 / Martin LaMonica, CNET Networks

The wind power industry is booming. With growing demand for renewable sources of electricity, wind power capacity grew 27 percent in the U.S. last year, though it still represents just 1 percent of the country's power supply, according to the Department of Energy.

For the most part, the face of the wind industry is 300-foot-tall turbines or entire wind farms planted offshore in Denmark or on the plains of Texas that provide power to the grid. The seaside town of Hull, Mass., outside of Boston, has taken a different tack by purchasing turbines to generate electricity for the town alone. Its two medium-size turbines supply a small chunk of the town's electrical needs, but Hull plans to become completely wind-powered within a few years.
Alcatel-Lucent builds 'first' German WiMax network
August, 27 2007 / By Reuters

French-American telecom equipment group Alcatel-Lucent said on Monday it had won a contract from Germany's VSE NET to build the country's "first commercial" WiMax network in the Saar region bordering France. Work on the network--being implemented with WiMax license holder Inquam Broadband--would start this autumn, and commercial operations should start in January 2008, Alcatel-Lucent said in a statement. WiMax stands for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access. It is a technology for voice and broadband communications that avoids the need to run cables into homes and offices, making it useful in rural or thinly populated areas.
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Unified Utilities® becomes a reality.
May 16, 2008

While the world is talking about the concept of the convergence of telecommunications and energy, limited progress has been made to date.  While synergy between the two industries is growing, there has not been a strong leader in the area of unified utilities.  Recently two Texas entrepreneurs from the telecommunications industry decided to take on the task of using technology and a driving vision to bring unity to a fractured market.

John Ackelbein, founder of the uTilogy Group and partner, Ryan Rendleman, have teamed up with some of the strongest and best in both industries to provide the SME and Enterprise market with a ‘single source’ utilities platform.

uTilogy specializes in energy, both renewable and non-renewable and telecommunications.   To assist in providing a high level of financial stability for the start-up phase, Ackelbein and Rendleman founded another company:  Bexto which specializes in energy investments.

The basic uTilogy philosophy is to provide business with significant optimizations and cost-savings while offering stable, reliable services and products.  In the telecommunications arena, even smaller businesses can take advantage of wholesale pricing on tier 1 services.

Besides filling a gap in the market and providing leadership in a developing trend, Ackelbein and Rendleman are committed to what they call ‘greening’.  Essentially, this involves creating efficiencies, especially in the use of energy and other resources.  While the uTilogy Group does offer green technology, products and expertise, they believe that many organizations can implement greening strategies without having to switch from traditional energy sources, at least initially.

“In many cases,” says Ackelbein, “that’s simply impractical.  We look at creating efficiencies in other ways and giving the client the ability to monitor usage of resources using a variety of wired and wireless applications.  Of course, if there is an opportunity for the client to incorporate green, renewable energy, then we offer this as an option.  It has to make sense from both an environmental and fiscal perspective.”

Newswire : uTilogy® gets approval for Vostix' Intellectual Property rights.
March 25, 2008 / News Press Release

Unified Utilities leader uTilogy® Corporation announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("PTO") has granted it final approval and registration for the federal trademark registration for the name Vostix.
Indigo Mobile is now a wholly owned division of Unified Utilities leader, uTilogy Inc.
December 7, 2008 / Press Release

uTilogy® has an aggressive plan to develop Indigo Mobile into a leading wireless data enterprise software solution for businesses. They plan on developing and delivering next generation mobile web 2.0, enterprise social media, and wireless data management applications to Global business customers.