Accelerating the transition to VoIP technologies not only helps businesses and
consumers, it is essential for achieving a wealth of broader policy
goals from improving health care to tackling global warming.
Middle-income Americans are struggling financially to keep their homes and pay
VoIP competition can save consumers
astounding $110 billion over the next 5 years
– putting real money back into consumers’ pockets through the power of
competition at a time when families really need it. And by harnessing VoIP
as a broadband driver, just a 7% increase in broadband adoption could create
2.4 million more jobs per year. In fact, VoIP is now projected to
number one job creator of any industry in the country.
Americans are also being held hostage to skyrocketing gas prices.
However with the help of VoIP, people can bring their work phones
home, telecommute, and open home based businesses.
If everyone who could took full advantage of telecommuting, the reduction in
miles driven would save $3.9 billion a year in fuel
and the time savings would
be equal to 470,000 jobs.
Our nation remains vulnerable to catastrophic communication failures.
However, greater use of VoIP technologies can help make Americans more safe and
secure. As the Joint Advisory Committee on Communications Capabilities of
Emergency Medical and Public Health Care Facilities
told Congress (report):
“In the event of a major 9/11 type attack, anthrax attack or flu-pandemic, offices could be
inaccessible but employees will still need to communicate. Workers with access
to broadband could still work using IP VPNs and broadband‐enabled
nomadic VoIP phones, and could immediately work from home or other broadband-enabled locations. By disconnecting
voice from the underlying infrastructure, nomadic interconnected VoIP allows
displaced workers to utilize their existing work phone number from any broadband-enabled location.”
By harnessing VoIP as a broadband driver, a major
report found that a 7% increase in broadband
adoption could create:
To help accelerate these benefits
- $92 billion through 2.4 million jobs created or saved
- $662 million saved per year in reduced healthcare costs
- $6.4 billion per year in mileage savings from unnecessary
- $18 million in carbon credits associated with 3.2 billion
fewer lbs of CO2 emissions per year in the United States
- $35.2 billion in value from 3.8 billion more hours saved per
year from accessing broadband at home.
- $134 billion per year in total direct economic impact of
accelerating broadband across the United States