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Sustainability in Communications Technology (CT) equipment, infrastructures and operations, including telecom, broadcast, & networking

DTV e-Waste from Television Station Transmitters

The transition to digital television (DTV) will likely generate hundreds of tons of e-waste in the form of stations' old analog transmission equipment. Disposal of this equipment was never accounted for in industry or government DTV planning. Most of the equipment is towards the end of life-cycle and pending DTV transitions in Mexico and Canada are drying up what remains of the North American resale market.

Broadcast Equipment and EC Compliance - Updated

The European Community has not exempted broadcast from its environmental regulations for electrical and electronic equipment like it has biomedical. Click here to learn about which media product vendors working to comply.

Quantifying the Benefits of Teleconferencing and Telecommuting

Cable media company Discovery Communications LLC " has encouraged workers to telecommute and teleconference . . . 'Thirty percent of the staff telecommutes at least one day a week,' says [CIO Dave] Kline. In 2004, Discovery installed teleconferencing systems to cut down on business travel. 'Teleconferencing has a huge ROI for us because

More on Telework and Telecommuting

Of all the Green ICT topics I covered at the recent Sustainable Real Estate Development Conference (SREDC), the concept of "telework centers" generated the most discussion among the real estate professionals. Telework centers are a way of bringing work to people instead of bring people to work while offering more robust infrastructure support than telecommuting from home. Learn more about telework and telecommuting from

More on Computing's Contribution to Telework

Cisco's most recent TechwiseTV episode, Redefining the Remote Office, states that 91% of employees do not work in the corporate office and the number of branch offices is growing at ~11% CAGR. Here are ideas I took away from my preview:

Telecommuting's Potential

ICT infrastructures for telework are a key component of a green computing strategy, reducing both local commuting and long-distance travel costs and carbon. A Harvard Business Review Editor's Blog post, "The Telecommuting Imperative", takes on executive reluctance to advance telework. Among other motivations cited for moving more aggressively:

TVs: Looming e-Waste Challenge - updated

The EPA estimates ~100 million analog television sets are already in storage. More analog television sets will become obsolete over the next two years as analog over-the-air (OTA) broadcasting is terminated in favor of digital-only signals (DTV). According to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) survey report "Trends in Consumer Electronics (CE) Afterlife", consumers intend to sell, donate, or recycle 95%. Will this really happen . . . ?

Broadband applications' contribution to sustainable work/life

Vertatique usually focuses on creating a more sustainable e-world, so it is worth occasionally noting that the e-world itself can be more sustainable than physical alternatives.  A recent study by the American Consumer Institute finds that "wide adoption and use of broadband applications can achieve a net reduction of 1 billion tons of greenhouse gas over 10 years, which, if converted into energy saved, would constitute 11% of annual U.S. oil imports." The report cites these specific opportunities, among others:

Sustainability & Telecom

The Telecommunications industry is intertwined with both computing and e-media, so it is fitting that Vertatique expand its scope to include Telecom sustainability topics.

I'm following the recent announcement by the Telecommunications Journal of Australia of the Eckermann-TJA Prize . . .

Green WiFi and Mesh WiFi

Green Wifi "seeks to bridge the last mile internet access with nothing more than a single broadband internet connection, rooftops and the sun".

Mesh WiFi is a network technology and topology in which each user is also an wireless access point, moving signals to and from neighboring users to create a wireless network (the 'mesh') without a separate wireless infrastructure.

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