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U.S. FCC votes to advance proposed ban on Huawei, ZTE gear

2021-06-18 18:42 by
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The FCC is moving to ban US telecommunication networks from buying equipment from Huawei, ZTE, and three other Chinese companies on claims they pose a national security threat.

On Thursday, the commission proposed the ban in an attempt to close a loophole in FCC policy. Back in 2019, the FCC voted to deny federal funds to US carriers and internet service providers that buy components from China’s Huawei and ZTE.

"Despite having identified security concerns with telecommunications equipment from Huawei and ZTE back in 2019, for the last several years this agency has continued to put its stamp of approval on this equipment," said acting FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel. "In other words, we have left open opportunities for its use in the United States through our equipment authorization process. So here we propose to close that door."

A Huawei representative called the FCC's action "misguided and unnecessarily punitive." He added, "Blocking the purchase of equipment, based on a 'predictive judgement,' related to country of origin or brand is without merit, discriminatory and will do nothing to protect the integrity of U.S. communications networks or supply chains."

In addition to Huawei and ZTE, the Chinese companies Hytera Communications Corporation, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Company and Dahua Technology Company, are on the FCC's list.

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