Our Commitment to Sustainability

We are focused on building and selling products that connect communities and enable breakthrough innovations in high-need areas such as remote learning, connected healthcare, and the dynamic, evolving workplace – all while reducing environmental impact.

At the core of Building Gigabit America is a commitment to creating a more sustainable future.

We launched Red Loves Green, a program that will bring attention to the ambitious actions we’re taking — and will undertake — to protect the environment and create a sustainable future. Red Loves Green is our commitment to sustainability in the technology we use, the way we do business, and the digital connections we enable for our customers.

The four pillars of Red Loves Green include:

  • Building energy-efficient fiber networks. Our fiber-optic technology requires less energy than broadband alternatives and will also help our customers reduce their environmental footprint.
  • Establishing Frontier green initiatives. We are reducing our energy consumption through real estate consolidation, upgrades and digitizing our operations.
  • Greening our transportation fleet. We are leveraging new technologies and purchasing more electric vehicles (e.g., EV-powered installation and maintenance vans and E-transit vans).
  • Reducing our carbon footprint. We are measuring our footprint, establishing emission reduction goals and investing in renewable energy sources and strategies.

"We are delivering our fiber-first strategy at a record pace knowing the critical role that we play in connecting communities. It’s impressive to see our teams and external partners come together to accelerate our fiber build despite the challenging environment.”

Gradually Upgrading from Copper

As we continue to execute on our business strategy to upgrade our copper network, we are significantly reducing our GHG footprint. According to a study from the European Commission, fiber networks performing at 50 Mbps emit 1.7 tons of CO2 per year compared to copper which emits 2.7 tons of CO2 per year. 

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More Fiber Means Less CO2

The Fiber Broadband Association’s recent research with RVA found that deploying fiber reduces carbon emissions by 34 percent. When you combine this with working from home, deploying fiber to all Americans would be the equivalent of taking 11 million cars off the road each year. 

Switching to LED Lighting Nationwide

Since 2021, we’ve optimized LED bulbs across 33 locations, reducing nearly 1.5 million kWh in energy use. In 2023, we plan to upgrade six more facilities with LED lighting systems. 

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We recently rolled out our first EV-powered installation and maintenance vans in our fleet to team members in Torrance, CA. By the end of 2023, we will have added more E-transit vans to facilities in Connecticut, Florida and Texas with the goal of having at least 25% of our vans being fully electric by the end of 2025.

“The new vans have much more capacity on the inside. It helps us with productivity and it's safer for the environment. We’re decreasing GHG emissions and saving an estimated 5,100 gallons of fuel each year.”

Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield, Connecticut

Frontier donated high-speed fiber internet to the Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield. The club offers thousands of kids in the community a safe place to learn and grow. Our donation of fast, reliable internet will support its youth development programs.
Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield

"The Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield serves as a home for kids in our community. It is a safe place that they can count on to come learn, grow and play, no matter their background, and we are especially grateful to have a fast, reliable connection we can count on to support all we do here at the club. Many kids count on doing their homework at our center because they don’t have the technology they need own homes. Thanks to Frontier’s donation of fiber internet, we can offer the critical connectivity that the kids need and will be able to expand our programs too.”

District Arts and Education (DAE)

Frontier is donating high-speed fiber internet to the District Arts and Education (DAE). DAE is expanding access to STEM opportunities for high schoolers and adults in New Haven. This donation will provide them with a fast, reliable connection to support their education and development programs for underserved members of the community.
District Arts and Education

“DAE is thrilled to be chosen as Frontier’s next Broadband for Good recipient and receive free high-speed fiber internet. With so many students using computers for learning at our facility, we use up a lot of bandwidth, and it’s important for us to have fast, reliable connectivity to carry out our courses. This donation will not only also allow us to focus more resources on enhancing our programming, but also consider new programming that wouldn’t have been possible without access to the bandwidth that fiber offers.”

West Virginia University’s Jackson’s Mill

Frontier has donated high-speed fiber internet to West Virginia University’s Jackson’s Mill campus to support youth STEM education and first responder training. With this donation, the campus will serve as a central connectivity hub for the rural community of Lewis County and for thousands of people across the state of West Virginia.
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“WVU Jackson’s Mill has been a center for improving the lives and livelihoods of West Virginians for over 100 years. This partnership with Frontier will allow us to provide unique educational programs and services at WVU Jackson’s Mill that will help bridge the digital divide in rural West Virginia, including expanding virtual learning opportunities.”

Learning Alliance Corporation

The Learning Alliance Corporation is a long-standing talent partner of Frontier. To support the organization’s mission of providing U.S. veterans with the structured training and resources they need to start a career in telecommunications, Frontier has donated high-speed fiber internet, equipment and training.

Learning Alliance Corporation logo

"We are incredibly excited to be a recipient of Frontier’s Broadband for Good program. Frontier is invested in readying its workforce and adding more veterans to their roster, and they are proving that yet again with the generous donation they made today. The donation will make a real difference and help us advance our purpose of providing the best technology, training and resources available to prepare veterans for a future in telecommunications."

Malta House

Frontier has donated high-speed fiber internet, new laptop computers and digital mentoring to the mothers of local Connecticut women’s transitional housing program, Malta House. Frontier’s donation will help unhoused mothers find permanent housing, apply for jobs, attain an education, arrange medical care and access government programs like ACP that provide people with affordable connectivity.

Malta House

"It is an honor to be chosen as a recipient of Frontier's Broadband for Good program. Frontier is helping to offset operating costs by providing free internet connectivity to our agency and our moms, as well as helping provide the technology needed by our agency to help our moms access the technology and resources available to assist them in their journey towards self-sufficiency and independence."

Girls Scouts of Central Texas

Frontier has donated high-speed fiber internet, new laptops, drones and microscopes to the Girl Scouts of Central Texas to support the organization’s STEM and Community programs. This program provides girls of all backgrounds access to the educational resources and tools they need to pursue careers in natural science, coding, robotics and more.
Girl Scouts of Central Texas

"We are incredibly excited to be a recipient of Frontier’s Broadband for Good program. Girl Scouts is excited for this new relationship with Frontier. The donation will make a real difference and help Girl Scouts advance our STEM programming by providing the best technology, faster speed and larger bandwidth to serve more girls at one time with this up-to-date broadband."

Elk Grove Teen Center USA

The 30+ year of devotion and support of its community made the Elk Grove Teen Center USA a great candidate for Broadband for Good. The Center has been serving teens since 1990, providing core development building blocks for their mental, physical, social and spiritual well-being. The donation of high-speed fiber broadband will help make the Center’s programs more effective, engaging and empowering.

Elk Grove Teen Center

"It’s always been a dream of mine to serve my community and the next generation coming up, and it’s such a blessing to do that in a place where I grew up. Having fiber-optic tech from Frontier will help us in so many ways. Frontier’s investment in the teen center and our kids means the world to me."

Boys and Girls Club of the Brazos Valley

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Brazos Valley in Bryan, Texas was the first community location to benefit from Broadband for Good. Frontier donated high-speed broadband connectivity and computer equipment to support the organization’s mission to connect today’s youth to tomorrow’s opportunities.

Boys & Girls Club of the Brazos Valley

"A lack of access to technology can have a negative impact on academic performance. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Brazos Valley is thrilled to be the first recipient of Frontier’s Broadband for Good program. Frontier’s technology offers our members high-speed internet for online tutoring and help with homework. Broadband for Good helps us meet our mission of building prepared future leaders."

Boys and Girls Club of the Brazos Valley

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Brazos Valley in Bryan, Texas was the first community location to benefit from Broadband for Good. Frontier donated high-speed broadband connectivity and computer equipment to support the organization’s mission to connect today’s youth to tomorrow’s opportunities.

Brazos Valley Boys and Girls Club kids

"A lack of access to technology can have a negative impact on academic performance. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Brazos Valley is thrilled to be the first recipient of Frontier’s Broadband for Good program. Frontier’s technology offers our members high-speed internet for online tutoring and help with homework. Broadband for Good helps us meet our mission of building prepared future leaders."

Ettienne Brandt

Ettienne Brandt

EVP, Commercial
With Frontier since 2022

Ettienne is Executive Vice President, Commercial. He has over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry across cable, fiber, and wireless providers. He served as Managing Director, Commercial for the Consumer Division of BT Group plc. as a key member of the leadership team getting the BT brand back to growth.

Previously, he served in a variety of roles at EE Ltd prior to BT Group’s acquisition, including leading the Enterprise P&L as Marketing and Commercial Director. He began his telecommunications career at NTL Incorporated (now Virgin Media), the largest UK cable provider, and also worked in South Africa and the USA.

Ettienne holds a BA in Commerce from Stellenbosch University and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Vishal Dixit

Vishal Dixit

EVP, Strategy & Wholesale
With Frontier since 2022

Vishal is Executive Vice President, Strategy & Wholesale. He has over 20 years of international experience leading strategy and commercial execution in telecommunications and technology. He oversees all aspects of corporate strategy, M&A, and the operation of Frontier’s wholesale business. Most recently, he was a member of Vodafone UK’s executive committee where he developed the company’s successful challenger growth strategy, transformed its wholesale business, and created industry-leading fiber partnerships.

Prior to this, as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, he served global companies in technology and telecommunications. He began his career with Intel Corporation in New Zealand developing software switches.

Vishal holds an MBA from the London Business School, U.K., and a BE in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.