US Communications Policy

Intel public policy: How Intel promotes innovation worldwide

Global communications policies can increase the availability of high-quality Internet and communications services by:

  • Promoting widespread, affordable high-quality broadband (Internet) access
  • Increasing the amount of radio spectrum available for wireless broadband

Intel sells components used in Wi-Fi, cellular, and other telecommunications equipment and devices. Also, making high-quality broadband more widespread and affordable and improving the cost and quality of data-rich applications will spur server demand, first-time PC purchases, and upgrades to high-end products such as Ultrabooks™. The cost of broadband, especially for most first-time buyers in developing markets, represents more than 60 percent of the cost of a "connected PC".

Key Issues

Intel supports:

  • Limited, market-based broadband policies to make affordable, high-quality broadband widespread, where necessary, using targeted, competitively-neutral subsidies. Intel is encouraging developing countries to implement national broadband plans, adopt broadband subsidy ("universal service") programs to promote deployment and use of broadband, and reduce taxes impeding PC and broadband adoption. In the United States, we are supporting AT&T's petition to deregulate select (time division multiplexing) facilities on a trial basis to expedite the transition to IP networks. In the EU, we are supporting European Commission reforms to encourage telephone companies to invest in next generation networks.

  • Spectrum suitable for 3G and 4G (long range, high power) use should be cleared and flexibly licensed to allow carriers to change services, technologies, and business plans freely. In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission's voluntary "incentive auction" will enable it to buy TV broadcasters' spectrum and sell it to mobile carriers. Internationally, additional spectrum allocations are needed to meet the burgeoning demand on licensed mobile broadband networks.

  • Current- and next-generation Wi-Fi should be fostered by making additional internationally harmonized (such as 5 and 60 GHz) spectrum bands available on an unlicensed basis, thereby enabling wide-channel, video-rich experiences on devices with larger screens.

  • The World Radio Communications Conference 2015 should make additional spectrum available for mobile broadband to meet the burgeoning demand for these applications.