Pai Circulates ZTE, Huawei Tech Ban – Multichannel News

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has circulated a long-awaited order that would prevent broadband subsidy money to be spent on equipment from Chinese telecoms ZTE and Huawei, calling them untrusted vendors, as well as on other potential security threats to 5G networks. 

The definition of banned equipment is “any equipment or services produced or provided by a covered company—i.e., one that poses a national security threat to the integrity of communications networks or the communications supply chain.”

The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau would issue an initial designation of national security threat–which this order does for Huawei and ZTE. Those companies, or any future companies so designated, will have 30 days to respond, then the bureau will have 120 says to issue a final designation.


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