Networking the Green Economy

Updated from 2010, this report shows the economic, environmental and energy benefits of broadband and communications technologies.

June 30, 2011

The BlueGreen Alliance, along with our partners at Speed Matters, National Resources Defense Council, and Sierra Club, released a joint report, Networking the Green Economy: How Broadband & Related Technologies Can Build a Green Economic Future.

Broadband and information communication technologies have the potential of revolutionizing energy management and economic development. In order to reduce energy, new communication technologies can be an important tool to better monitor and more effectively use natural resources. Advanced communications, including a more robust wired and wireless web, will play an essential role in facilitating and integrating these technologies.

Broadband policies, particularly those that support the expansion and implementation of smart grid technologies have real potential to reduce rising electricity consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. With coordinated research, support and action from consumers, environmental advocates, labor and federal and state policymakers, broadband and related communications technologies can pave the way for a greener and more robust economy.

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