Verizon Plans to Cut Carbon 'Intensity' By 50%
Verizon Communications today published its sustainability report and has set some lofty goals for itself moving forward. Verizon wants to cut its carbon dioxide intensity by 50% by the year 2012. Carbon intensity is measured by the amount of energy needed to move data across Verizon's network. Verizon says it can improve this figure by upping the efficiency of data transiting its network, in effect sending more data per unit of energy. The company will use its 2009 carbon intensity as its benchmark for the 2020 goal. The company also plans to shift 15% of its fleet vehicles to alternate fuel sources by 2015. The company said that sustainability will play a key role in "delivering shareholder value" in the years to come. Verizon Communications is the parent company of Verizon Wireless, which is jointly owned by the U.K.'s Vodafone.
AT&T Makes Commitment to Purchasing Renewable Energy
AT&T today said it has agreed to purchase wind power in order to help it reach renewable energy goals. AT&T will buy 220 megawatts of power from the Minco V Wind Farm in Oklahoma and 300 megawatts from the wind farm in Webb and Duval Counties in Texas.
Verizon to Cut Off Certain Customers Who Exceed 100GB Per Month
Verizon Wireless confirmed plans to disconnect select customers who consume more than 100 GB of mobile data per month. Verizon is specifically targeting customers who have grandfathered-in unlimited data plans and are taking advantage to use extreme amounts of data.
Verizon Closes Acquisition of AOL
Verizon Communications today finalized its acquisition of AOL. AOL now exists as a wholly owned subsidiary of Verizon.
Verizon to Share Customer Browsing Data with AOL
Verizon recently indicated it plans to let AOL track its customers' mobile browsing activity through the use of a supercookie. The supercookie is a controversial tool used by Verizon to help it build user profiles via the browser.
My guess is the year 2020, mentioned later, is correct.