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Intel Public Policy: Communications and BroadbandIntel Public Policy: Communications & BroadbandIntel promotes communications policies that encourage the deployment of wireless and wired broadband services so that consumers and businesses worldwide can reap the benefits of new information technologies.BackgroundIncreased broadband deployment will benefit consumers and businesses in society at large. Intel believes that a revolutionary convergence of the computation and communications industries is well under way. Soon all computers will communicate and all communications devices will compute. Intel seeks to accelerate that convergence through silicon-based integration.Rapid improvements in microprocessors are making possible radios that are smarter and more flexible. In the not-too-distant future, any device that might benefit from being able to communicate will likely have a radio (or multiple radios) designed into it. Low-cost, small form factors like ultra-mobile PCs (UMPCs) and mobile Internet devices (MIDs)–such as Intel’s embedded Wi-Fi/WiMAX combination solutions for broadband services–will be ubiquitous.Government communications policies should enable—not impede—this broadband revolution. Improvements in spectrum management and broadband access could significantly promote technical innovation, foster competition, and benefit consumers worldwide.Key IssuesMarket-based spectrum policies. To make affordable and high-quality global broadband deployment a reality, Intel supports widespread adoption of market-based spectrum policies that allow carriers and manufacturers to make market-driven agreements to deploy WiMAX and other efficient new technologies.Global harmonization of spectrum.Intel advocates global harmonization of spectrum allocations for new services on a technology-neutral and market-based basis, as well as the clearing of underutilized spectrum for new, more valuable services.Read the full Public Policy.