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F.C.C. Proposes More Restrictions on Chinese Telecom Equipment

  • June 17, 2021

Jessica Rosenworcel, the acting chair of the F.C.C., said the proposal was intended to secure U.S. networks.

“Insecure network equipment can undermine our 5G future, providing foreign actors with access to our communications,” she said. “This, in turn, may mean the ability to inject viruses and malware in our network traffic, steal private data, engage in intellectual property theft, and surveil companies and government agencies.”

Huawei criticized the agency’s proposal.

“Blocking the purchase of equipment, based on a ‘predictive judgment,’ 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,” a Huawei representative said.

The agency will begin to take public comments on the proposal and then go before the four commissioners for a final vote, probably in several weeks. It will need a majority of votes to pass and is expected to gain unanimous support.

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