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!