FCC to restrict Chinese-made wireless gear2018-03-27 13:51 by Daniela
The Federal Communications Commission is expected to unveil a proposal Tuesday aimed at blocking Chinese-made wireless equipment from being installed in America's next-generation data networks.
Federal Communications Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal would stop any money received from the $8.5 billion Universal Service Fund (USF) being used to purchase routers, switches and "virtually any other type" of telecommunications equipment from certain vendors.
The USF is a subsidy program that distributes money to low-income individuals, as well as directly to wireless, broadband and wireline telephone service companies to help provide service in areas that are otherwise too expensive to cover.
Mr. Pai is concerned that key network infrastructure such as routers, switches and such may, in fact, contain hidden backdoor access that would allow foreign governments to spy, steal data, launch DDoS attacks, infect computer systems, and perform other such forms of cyberterrorism and cyberespionage.
The proposal will be officially voted on during the Commission's upcoming April 17 meeting.
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