Broadband and information communication technologies have the potential of revolutionizing energy management and economic development. With less than 5 percent of the world’s population, the United States accounts for about a quarter of the world’s energy consumption. A poor communications infrastructure underlies much of our wasted energy use. In order to reduce energy, we must install new technologies that can monitor and more effectively use natural resources. Advanced communication will play an essential role in facilitating and integrating these technologies.
Policies that support broadband technology can reverse the projections showing that energy consumption is likely to rise and that greenhouse gas emissions will increase. The BlueGreen Alliance joined with the Communications Workers of America and their Speed Matters campaign, the Sierra Club and the Progressive States Network to release, Networking a Green Economy, which explores the environmental, energy and job-creating benefits of broadband and smart grid technologies.