Huawei cites NCTA-The Internet & Television Association, USTelecom and CTIA in comments to the FCC this week, telling the commission to abandon its proposal to require universal service fund participants to tear up and replace technology from network suspect, what the FCC said include a Chinese network technology providers Huawei and ZTE.
Huawei pointed out that USTelecom had told the FCC in its comments that Congress has no intention of the FCC to regulate carrier supply chains or purchasing decisions. He also noted that NCTA had told the FCC that since there were “many other federal efforts” to address supply chain risks, “conflicting regulations could have serious unintended consequences. “.
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Regarding the FCC’s decision on which technology poses a threat to national security, Huawei cited CTA-The Wireless Association. “[A]s a regulatory agency, [Commission]
may not have the same experience, expertise or resources as other agencies to identify threats to national security, “said CTIA.
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Huawei also said that these commentators confirmed a simple reality, “that the rule proposed by the Commission is too broad, imposes extreme burdens and has no reasonable cost-benefit justification”.
Huawei told the FCC that forcing carriers to remove and replace equipment that is still operational is legally unreliable and factually unjustified. He called the FCC response to concerns about trusted suppliers “an irrational and highly ineffective way to deal with alleged security risks.”
The FCC voted to ban operators of suspicious technology from using any Universal Service Fund broadband development funds. He proposed that the first
Last November, the FCC voted unanimously to prevent operators from receiving broadband subsidies if they have suspicious technology in the networks they use to build. He also proposed to require USF-funded carriers to remove and replace existing suspicious technology.
Congress has independently passed legislation that would mandate and fund such tears and replacements.
According to the FCC, by suspect technology, it means equipment or services that pose a threat to the national security of networks or the equipment supply chain. While this applies to any suspicious technology, the FCC has also determined, subject to comments and disputes, that Huawei and ZTE match the description. Huawei has challenged the designation and is trying to make its case.