Newport Utilities, a distribution company, serves over 20,000 electric customers in the eastern Tennessee area (Cocke County)  from the generation of power from Tennessee Valley Authority. Newport Utilities started its investigation on implementation of AMI technologies in 2005 . Newport decided to use Tantalus Utility Network‘s (TUNet) 900 MHz Local Area Network and 220 MHz Wide Area Network for providing two-way communication coverage over 95% of its service area ; and chose GE I-210 solid state meters for their electricity metering. Newport set reporting intervals so that electric meters could send readings and PQM measurements every hour, whereas water meters report consumption once a day. It also used TUNet to monitor and control infrastructure devices and, as a result, has been able to detect and often correct problems with reclosers or regulators before they impact customers and power delivery .
Tantalus announced that it has completed several AMI deployments within the TVA. Newport is one of the utilities who can boast full-scale two-way smart metering platforms that support interval and on-demand meter reads, remote disconnect/reconnect services, instantaneous outage reporting, and over-the-air firmware upgrades .