Spectrum Policy

Intel public policy: How Intel promotes innovation worldwide

Appropriate global communications policies can increase the availability of high-quality Internet and communications services by promoting the widespread deployment of affordable broadband technologies, including wireless, and associated services, while at the same time not limiting innovation in technology and services. 

Intel is a leading supplier for 5G, Wi-Fi, and other telecommunications equipment and devices. Making high-quality broadband more widespread and affordable and improving the cost and quality of data-rich applications will spur economic growth in many ways.

Key Issues

Intel supports:

  • Spectrum suitable for wide-area, high power cellular technologies such as 5G use should be cleared and flexibly licensed to allow carriers to freely change services, technologies, and business plans. For example, in the United States, the Federal Communications Commission's voluntary "incentive auction" has enabled clearance of TV broadcasters' spectrum and subsequently selling it to mobile carriers.  The innovative mid-band auction of spectrum previously used by satellite operators paves the way to future 5G services. In the United States and countries worldwide, additional spectrum allocations are needed to meet the burgeoning demand on licensed mobile broadband networks.
  • Current and next generations of Wi-Fi and other unlicensed technologies should be fostered by making additional internationally harmonized spectrum bands (such as 6 GHz and 60 GHz) available on an unlicensed basis. This action will enable opportunities to implement wide channels with greater bandwidth and lower latency, making possible many new use cases such as video-rich experiences on devices with larger screens, touchless control, etc.
  • Regulators should make additional spectrum available for mobile broadband to meet the burgeoning demand for these applications.
  • Where necessary, regulators may also use targeted, competitively-neutral subsidies to promote market-based broadband policies for widespread, high-quality, affordable broadband.