Energy Efficiency Voluntary Agreements

For the continued improvement in the energy efficiency of Set-Top Boxes and Small Network Equipment used by consumers of US residential video and broadband internet services.

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Two historic initiatives to make set-top boxes and residential broadband equipment more energy efficient, saving consumers money and reducing carbon emissions from power plants.

  • The Set-Top Box (STB) Voluntary Agreement, established in December 2012 and expanded in December 2013, covers the set-top boxes that consumers obtain from cable, satellite, or telephone companies that service more than 90% of the U.S. pay-TV market.
  • The Small Network Equipment (SNE) Voluntary Agreement was established in June 2015 and covers Internet modems, routers, and other equipment that deliver broadband service to more than 85% of the residential broadband market.

Agreements & Reports

Set-Top Box
Voluntary Agreement

The Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvements in the Energy Efficiency of Set-Top Boxes (STB) was adopted to drive improvements in the energy efficiency of STBs while encouraging innovation and competition. Signatories include service providers across cable, telco, satellite, manufacturers, and energy conservation advocates. In December, 2013, the agreement was hailed by the US Department of Energy.


Small Network Equipment
Voluntary Agreement

The primary objective of the Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvements in the Energy Efficiency of Small Network Equipment (SNE) agreement is to increase the energy efficiency of equipment used to access residential broadband Internet access services while promoting rapid innovation and timely introduction of new features for consumers. Participants in the agreement include all of the largest Internet service providers and many major manufacturers.


Annual Reports

One of the requirements of each Voluntary Agreement is publication of an annual report prepared by an Independent Administrator. Each report provides a summary of compliance, trends, and detailed energy measurements of each device for the reporting period.


Set-Top Box Signatories

American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy Optimum ARRIS Appliance Standards Awareness Project AT&T CenturyLink Charter Communications Comcast Cox Communications Direct TV Dish Echostar Natural Resources Defense Council Technicolor Verizon Frontier Communications

Small Network Equipment Signatories

Actiontec Optimum ARRIS AT&T CenturyLink Charter Communications Comcast Cox Communications D-Link Echostar Netgear Technicolor Ubee Interactive Verizon Frontier Communications

Supporting Organizations


CableLabs is a non-profit research and development consortium that is dedicated to creating innovative ideas that significantly impact our cable operator members' business. CableLabs also serves to define interoperable solutions among our members and their technology vendors in order to drive scale, reduce costs, and create competition in the supply chain. CableLabs membership is comprised of the major cable operators worldwide.

Consumer Technology Association

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) represents the $287 billion U.S. consumer technology industry and more than 2,200 companies. Members tap into valuable and innovative members-only resources: unparalleled market research, networking opportunities with business advocates and leaders, up-to-date educational programs and technical training, exposure in extensive promotional programs, and representation from the voice of the industry.


NCTA - The Internet & Television Association, is the principal trade association for the U.S. cable industry, representing cable operators that deliver advanced digital services to consumers and businesses throughout urban and rural America, and more than 200 cable program networks that produce TV's most creative and popular shows. The U.S. cable industry is the largest provider of high-speed Internet access, serving more than 59 million customers, after investing $245 billion since 1996 to build robust fiber optic networks that reach 93 percent of American homes. The cable industry supports 2.7 million American jobs and there are at least 300 cable employees in every congressional district.

More Information & News

Energy Information

Get more information on what some signatories are doing, including details of the energy performance of their devices.