Among the many benefits of broadband is the positive environmental impact due to telecommuting. But as MediaPost’s Laurie Sullivan points out, not many are currently taking advantage of being able to work from home:
Telecommuting allows many people to work from home. In fact, 40% of the U.S. workforce could technically work from home. Even with technological advances making this possible, only 2.5% of U.S. workers telecommute. If the 40% of workers who could telecommute would do this two days a week, it would reduce yearly carbon emissions by 53 million metric tons.
It’s often been pointed out that bridging America’s digital divide will take not just broadband expansion but education. Seems like educating businesses and individuals about the economic and environmental benefits of working from home would be a positive step as well.