Verizon Communications arguably has been the more aggressive of the two largest U.S. telcos when it comes to environmentally-friendly strategies and technologies. But AT&T has done a lot, too, and, especially within the last month or so, such issues appear to have taken on new priority for AT&T. The company entered a filing with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) welcoming the opportunity--essentially asking for the opportunity--to work with the EPA "and other stakeholders to explore and develop cutting-edge approaches to combat the challenge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions."
AT&T Chairman, CEO and President Randall Stephenson said in a statement, "Protecting the environment and economic growth can go hand in hand. As a nation, we can limit greenhouse gas emissions and, at the same time, expand our potential for economic growth. Communications and broadband infrastructure, like the network and services AT&T provides, will be essential components in driving economic growth and achieving meaningful reductions in greenhouse gas emissions."
The cynics among us may read that as AT&T looking to protect its own economic interests as a U.S. President-elect with assertive environmental strategies prepares to take office. Still, AT&T this year joined the Green Grid, and like Verizon, already has taken many other steps guided by green thinking. Also, it's EPA filing contains lots of relevant ideas and info.
- Here's AT&T's EPA filing
AT&T joined the Green Grid this year
AT&T played a key role in Light Reading's Green Telecom 2008