French Broad Electric Membership Corporation, which provides electricity to consumers in six rural counties, has appointed Tantalus Systems Corp. to start the first phase of a Tantalus Utility Network™ (TUNet™) deployment. The two-phase project will deliver a fixed wireless communications network to provide advanced metering, real-time outage management and other services across a service territory where distance and terrain pose an ongoing challenge.

TUNet is a two-way, real-time communications network that uses the 220 MHz frequency, allowing it to deliver exceptional range and penetration across uneven terrain. French Broad EMC believes that the multi-application platform will provide a foundation for the adoption of new technologies in the future. /