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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Broadband Benefits the Environment
Modern broadband infrastructure offers opportunities to lessen our dependence on foreign oil, conserve energy, enhance energy efficiency and protect the environment
If all of the greenhouse reductions noted in this study were converted into energy saved, we forecast that IT applications could save 555 million barrels of oil by year 10, or roughly 11% of the oil imported into the U.S. today. (p. 47)
The greatest effect of dematerialization is a reduction in the use of paper, and specifically a reduction in U.S. mail.
Between 2002 and 2006, first class mail declined from 103.5 billion pieces to 97.6 billion pieces, a total decline of 5.9 billions pieces. The effects of this reduction include: a reduction in 184 thousand tons of paper. This means that about 4.4 million trees are saved and 608,000 cubic feet of landfill were spared in 2006, compared to 2000 levels. The reduction in mail also reduces the amount of polluted water by 3.8 million gallons, solid wastes by 240,000 tons and electricity by 7.4 million BTUs. The greenhouse gas saved from the atmosphere (in terms of CO2 equivalence) is 610, 000 tons. (p. 31-32)
The greenhouse savings from eliminating CDs can be roughly estimated by calculating the oil saved by not producing these CDs.
By one estimate, recycling a ton of plastic saves 685 gallons of oil. (p. 30)
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)