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The public sector needs to facilitate the ongoing availability of enabling resources such as wireless spectrum, numbers, and rights-of-way as new developments in the market strain limited resources. Flexibility and the ability to support market-driven solutions should in general be the guiding principles in these areas.

As a major user of the NII, the public sector needs to adopt open industry standards and leverage its considerable market power as major commercial users would, to advance innovation. It should avoid creating special networks and requirements without compelling reasons, as such efforts drain resources from the mainstream development of products and services in the commercial marketplace.

The public sector needs to enact laws that recognize the need for individual privacy and security of information in electronic form, and that protect intellectual property rights for information created and disseminated electronically. Although the United States can lead these efforts by example, we must recognize that these efforts are truly global in scope.

Regulatory efforts should be focused on opening markets to competition and doing so in a manner that inhibits the abuse of monopoly power where it exists.



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