The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted 5-0 on a new rule that would ban service providers from using government subsidies to buy China’s Huawei and ZTE equipment, reported Reuters.
- 22-Nov-2019 11:26:34 AM – FCC VOTES 5-0 TO BAR U.S. RURAL CARRIER CUSTOMERS FROM U.S. GOVERNMENT FUND TO PURCHASE HUAWEI, ZTE EQUIPMENT, SERVICES
All five FCC commissioners voted for the ban at the Friday meeting.
The new rule would prevent rural carriers from accessing an $8.5 billion government fund to purchase Huawei and ZTE electrical components.
HUAWEI, ZTE GEAR DECLARED INELIGIBLE FOR U.S. SUBSIDIES BY FCC
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) November 22, 2019
The rule also states those carriers must remove and replace Huawei and ZTE equipment from existing networks.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pa recently said approving the new rule would be a matter of national security. Pa said the Chinese government could hack US networks if Huawei and ZTE equipment were the backbone of major communication networks.
“When it comes to 5G and America’s security, we can’t afford to take a risk and hope for the best,” Pa said in a statement. “We need to make sure our networks won’t harm our national security, threaten our economic security, or undermine our values.”
Attorney General William Barr has also supported the FCC’s move to ban Huawei and ZTE from rural communication networks.
Appreciate the Attorney General’s letter re: @FCC‘s supply chain order: “@TheJusticeDept supports . . . the proposed prohibition on the use of USF funds for companies like Huawei and ZTE and the launch of a process to remove and replace such equipment.” https://t.co/pBymn4gtMS pic.twitter.com/K3ti9WMSFQ
— Ajit Pai (@AjitPaiFCC) November 14, 2019
The economic decoupling of both the US and China continues full steam ahead.