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.
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