Once the funding is in place, “carriers that receive universal service funding to provide services in remote areas of the country must remove such equipment or services from their networks and dispose of it appropriately”, according to order. The agency says these measures will apply the Secure and Reliable Communications Networks Act, 2019, which became law in March.
The FCC said last year that providers cannot use grants to buy Huawei or ZTE equipment. Thursday, the agency refused a request Huawei to reconsider its company designation as a threat to national security.
Meanwhile, the FCC is investigating whether block the capacity of China Telecom to operate in the United States. Two senators asked the agency in September 2019 to review the licenses of that company and China Unicom, both of which are owned by the Chinese state.
The executive branch expressed concern about the “substantial and unacceptable national security and law enforcement risks associated with [China Telecom Americas’] continued access to US telecommunications infrastructure … ” #FCCLive #OpenMtgFCC
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