Broadband is Better than Roads

Through the Baller list, I ran into a great article that sells the green side of broadband (Spread universal broadband access, not asphalt). Here’s the gust as taken from the article:

Universal broadband equals increased telecommuting, which in turn means less roadway demand, fewer greenhouse gas emissions and less pollution. Even if a worker telecommutes a day or two a week, it can make a real difference.

It goes on to talk about the environmental impact of cars on the road and how broadband can help reduce the need for roads. I think it makes perfect sense – but that’s of course because I have either worked entirely from home or telecommute for almost 10 years. Getting cars off the road by promoting telecommuting would have a terrific environmental impact – but almost more importantly I think it improves the quality of life for all of the people who can avoid traffic for a few days or more a week!

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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