FCC toughens stance on Chinese telecommunications equipment

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The United States, through the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), banned the import and sale of new telecommunications equipment from Huawei, ZTE, Hytera Communications, Hikvision, and Dahua on Friday, citing national security concerns.

The Commission also issued a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to solicit additional feedback on additional revisions to the rules and procedures prohibiting the authorization of “covered” equipment. It also seeks additional feedback on potential changes to the Commission’s competitive bidding program. The Commission is also looking for feedback on potential future actions related to existing authorizations.

The FCC then prohibited the use of public funds to purchase covered equipment or services, established the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Program to remove insecure equipment already installed in U.S. networks, revoked operating authority for Chinese state-owned carriers based on national security agency recommendations, and updated the process for approving submarine cable licenses to better address national security concerns.

The FCC also prohibited itself from approving future imports or sales of Chinese telecoms and video surveillance products.

The sources for this piece include an article in TheRegister.

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