Bruce P. Mehlman
The Internet Innovation Alliance is a broad-based coalition of business and non-profit organizations that aim to ensure every American, regardless of race, income or geography, has access to the critical tool that is broadband Internet. The IIA seeks to promote public policies that support equal opportunity for universal broadband availability and adoption so that everyone, everywhere can seize the benefits of the Internet - from education to health care, employment to community building, civic engagement and beyond.
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A 10% increase in telecommuting would result in 6.7 (6.7%) million less private vehicles commuting to work during rush hour, or 20.1% decrease in congestion.
In this scenario, the savings in wasted time and fuel would be $12.7 billon and 744 million hours would be saved as well as 462 million gallons of gasoline, which is equivalent to 4.8 million tons of greenhouse gas not being emitted into the atmosphere. (p. 25)
A doubling of the current level of telecommuting, to say 20%, would mean that one-fifth of the environmental cost of commuting could be eliminated. (p. 24)
In one study, AT&T found that employee productivity improved by $65 million, increased labor retention saved $15 million, and teleworkers avoided commuting 100 million miles, which reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 45,000 tons less of CO2 emissions, or around 1.8 tons per teleworker.
In that study, broadband access to the Internet was found to be a critical success factor. (p. 20)