On March 2, 2020, NRECA joined APPA and EEI in filing comments
with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) on the Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Proposed Rule. In addition, NRECA filed supplemental comments
specific to our members’ operations in remote areas. We support FAA’s effort to implement a remote identification system that has the potential to greatly increase UAS operations Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS). However, we raised concerns about having limited or no internet connectivity and suggested a broadcast-only limited remote identification UAS. We also raised concerns with cost of compliance and the possible lack of adequate safeguards for Remote ID UAS Service Suppliers (Remote ID USS). We encourage the FAA to comply with the SBA Regulatory Flexibility Act by reducing any adverse economic impact on small electric utilities.