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
Estimates of potential reductions in greenhouse gasses vary from 1 billion tons over 10 years to almost 8 billion metric tons in 2020.
According to a study funded by both Microsoft and Intel, the carbon differential is 40 percent in favor of downloading music, even if the consumer then burns it onto a CD and puts it in a CD case.
If the downloaded music is not burned onto a CD, the differential rises to 80 percent.
According to a study funded by both Microsoft and Intel and authored by two academics at Carnegie Mellon University and a third affiliated with Stanford University, buying a music album digitally reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 40 to 80 percent relative to a “best-case” CD-purchasing scenario.
Broadband networks can enable municipalities to monitor traffic patterns
and adjust traffic signals to minimize traffic congestion, thereby reducing pollutants even further.
eCommerce generates 36% less conventional air pollutants than conventional shopping.
eCommerce generates 23% less hazardous waste than conventional shopping.
eCommerce requires 16% less energy than conventional shopping.
34% of consumers will not do financial business online.
eCommerce generates 9% less greenhouse gases than conventional shopping.