Broadband Services: Economic and Environmental Benefits

Recently NextGenWeb attended the release of “Broadband Services: Economic and Environmental Benefits,” a study co-authored by Steve Pociask Professor, President of the American Consumer Institute, and Professor Joseph Fuhr Jr. which identifies ways broadband can reduce or avoid energy use. The roundtable discussion focused on the environmental benefits that can result from the use of information and communications technology. Panelists also examined a report by the Consumer Electronics Association, “The Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Impact of Telecommuting and e-Commerce,” which found that using electronics to telecommute might save the equivalent of 9 to 14 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity per year. In addition, the panelists suggested things like telecommuting and e-commerce can result in significant reductions in the use of electricity and the production of greenhouse gases.

Watch highlights from the discussion after the jump.

John Donoghue Vice President of the World Wildlife Fund


Kathy Brown Senior Vice President for Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility

Doug Johnson, Senior Director, Technology Policy & International Affairs at the Consumer Electronics Association

Stephen Pociask, President of the American Consumer Institute

Elena Safirova, Fellow at Resources for the Future


Emma Stewart, Fellow at Business for Social Responsibility


Joseph Romm Senior fellow at the Center for American Progress


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One Response to “Broadband Services: Economic and Environmental Benefits”

  1. staples Says:

    I am constantly hearing about global warming and going green. But I don’t hear a lot about the technology angle of it.

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