Frontier Communications signs up to Energy-Efficiency Voluntary Agreements

Monday, November 27th, 2017
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Frontier Communications Joins Voluntary Agreements as Industry Prepares Multi-Year Extension of Landmark Energy-Efficiency Commitments

NORWALK, Conn. — Frontier Communications has joined as a signatory of two landmark voluntary agreements to continue the ongoing improvement of the energy efficiency of its set-top boxes, as well as modems and routers used for broadband Internet services.

Pursuant to these agreements, the nation’s largest consumer pay-TV and broadband service providers and equipment manufacturers have committed that 90% of their annual set-top box and small network equipment (SNE) purchases and retail sales meet rigorous energy-efficiency levels. These agreements have saved consumers more than $2 billion in electric costs and avoided nearly 12 million metric tons of CO2 emissions since 2013. The signatories previously announced plans to extend the agreements into a new term starting next year and are working to secure further improvements in energy efficiency with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

Frontier serves customers in 29 states, and is a top provider of wireline broadband and pay-TV video service in California. Its addition boosts the SNE agreement’s coverage of the nation’s residential broadband Internet market from 84% to 89%. Frontier also increases the set-top box agreement’s coverage of the nation’s residential pay-TV market from 92% to 93%. Nearly all Americans who subscribe to broadband or pay-TV services will benefit from the voluntary agreements.

Other signatories of both voluntary agreements include AT&T/DIRECTV, Cablevision, CenturyLink, Charter/Time Warner Cable/Bright House Networks, Comcast, Cox Communications, and Verizon and manufacturers ARRIS/Pace and Technicolor. Manufacturers Actiontec, D-Link, NETGEAR, and Ubee Interactive have signed the SNE agreement.