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FCC officially banned telecom companies from using federal funds to purchase Huawei ZTE equipment

via:网易科技     time:2020/7/1 8:01:03     readed:45

On July 1, according to foreign media reports,On tuesday, the federal communications commission (FCC) officially listed Huawei and zte as national security threats.This means that U.S. telecommunications companies will be banned from using federal funds to buy equipment from both companies. FCC chairman Ajit Pie (Ajit Pai) said in a statement Tuesday :" According to the order issued today, and based on solid evidence, FCC have listed Huawei and ZTE as a future national security threat to the U.S. communications network and 5 G.

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FCC member Geoffrey Starks (Geoffrey Starks) also said Tuesday that "untrustworthy equipment" still exists on the U.S. network and that Congress must allocate funds for replacement.

By listing Huawei and ZTE as threats to national security, the FCC banned telecom companies from buying network equipment from the two companies with government subsidies through the $8.3 billion General Service Fund (USF). In November, the FCC voted to prevent telecoms companies from using federal funds to buy equipment from Huawei, but the final order took effect on Tuesday.

Huawei and zte did not immediately respond to requests for comment. However, both companies have repeatedly denied that they pose a threat to US national security. FCC moves to stop the telecommunications industry from using general services funds to buy equipment from Huawei and zte could make it harder for smaller companies to provide affordable services.

In the past few years, out of national security concerns, the U.S. government has consistently called for a ban on Huawei, ZTE and other Chinese telecom companies from entering the U.S. market. The U.S. Department of Commerce added Huawei to the "entity list" in May 2019, and recently revised the ban to allow the company to help build 5g standards.

The trump administration also took action in 2018 to ban government contractors from using these companies' equipment.

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