Industry and energy efficiency advocates collaborate in 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 in a manner that also promotes flexibility and innovation.
- The Set-Top Box (STB) Voluntary Agreement, established in 2012, 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, established in 2015, covers Internet modems, routers, and other equipment that deliver broadband service to more than 85% of the U.S. residential broadband market.
These award-winning programs have been heralded by the U.S. Department of Energy for “sav[ing] families money by saving energy, while delivering high quality appliances for consumers that keep pace with technological innovation,” and by the International Energy Agency’s Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency for promoting energy efficiency without placing “a ceiling on innovation” or “compromising … competitiveness.”
Agreements & Reports
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 all of the major cable, satellite and telco service providers representing more than 90% of the U.S. pay-TV market, as well as major manufacturers and energy efficiency advocates. The Department of Energy hailed both the initial agreement with the advocates in 2013 and the extension of the agreement in 2018.
Small Network Equipment
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.
Set-Top Box Signatories
Small Network Equipment Signatories
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