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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Cisco’s average US employee telecommutes 2.3 of every 5 days.
A study by a Columbia University business professor estimates job creation nationwide could reach 273,000 jobs, as rural workers could take telecommuting jobs.
Two-thirds of enterprises are buying dedicated bandwidth (i.e., overlay networks) for their telepresence installations.
Teleconferencing could reduce greenhouse emissions by 199.8 million tons
...if 10 percent of airline travel could be replaced by teleconferencing over the next 10 years.
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)
Telecommuting can lead to increased profits for the firm, better work life balance for the employees, more employment especially for the disabled, mothers and rural residents, and less pollution and oil consumption for society, as well as lower prices and better quality for consumers.
Encouraging the development of technology such as broadband services, which will facilitate the use of more telecommuting, could become one of the most important economic public policy initiatives, because it helps the environment while augmenting economic growth. (p. 26-27)
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)
Since telecommuting increases the pool of applicants and thus the quality of employees it can give a firm a competitive advantage by being the employer of choice. (p. 19)
As a result of telecommuting, firms will need less equipment, office space, parking spaces, office equipment, supplies and other amenities.
IBM claims it saves almost $1 billion a year in avoided real estate costs, thanks to telecommuting.67 Sun Microsystems estimated that it saved $69 million in real estate cost in 2005, as a result of its telecommuting program, and it was able to decrease office space use by 30% after implementing its “iWork” program. Nortel and AT&T estimate telecommuting saves $20 million and $25 million in real-estate costs, respectively, while Unisys cut office space 90%.” (p. 19-20)
Changes enabled by universal broadband— e-commerce, telecommuting, teleconferencing and paper reduction—could cut more than 1 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions over 10 years.
If these greenhouse reductions were converted into energy saved, then IT applications could save 555 million barrels of oil by year 10, or roughly 11 percent of the oil imported into the United States today.