The Power Line Communications Association and the United PowerLine Council, representing a group of energy utilities, have submitted a joint report to the FCC which covers the present state of the PLC industry. The report suggests that field trials of PLC technology have been encouraging, both for the transmission of high-speed broadband Internet access and for intelligent networking in areas such as automatic meter reading over the power grid. The FCC has been asked to facilitate the deployment of PLC technology, subject to the need to protect other spectrum users.