FCC now collecting data on Huawei use in US networks2020-02-27 19:06 by Daniela
Tags: FCC, Huawei
The FCC has revealed that it has started collecting information from carriers about their use of Huawei and ZTE equipment. This follows the FCC's decision in November of last year to bar the use of its $8.5 billion a year Universal Service Fund for purchasing equipment and services from the Chinese companies.
Because the FCC is proposing that carriers receiving those funds rip out and replace their Huawei and ZTE equipment, the commission said Wednesday that it'll collect data to help it reimburse smaller and rural carriers for those costs.
In addition to asking carriers if they're using equipment or services from the Chinese tech giants, the FCC also wants to know what type of equipment or services they are, as well as the costs associated with purchasing, installing and replacing them. The carriers have to submit the information the FCC requests on or before April 22nd.
"Huawei and ZTE have been initially designated as threats to national security," FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in an emailed statement. "We are moving forward quickly to identify where equipment and services from these suppliers are embedded in our communications networks and, where they do have a foothold, to be in a position to help remove them."
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