On Thursday, the Senate unanimously approved a law prohibiting the use of federal funds to purchase telecommunications equipment from companies considered a threat to national security, such as the Chinese group Huawei.
The bipartisan law on secure and secure telecommunications networks, that the House spent in December, prohibits the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from giving funds to American telecommunications groups to buy equipment from companies considered to be threats.
The bill would require the FCC to create a billion dollar fund to assist small telecommunications providers to tear down and replace equipment from these companies, and to list the companies considered to be a threat to them. telecommunications networks.
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“In today’s interconnected world, America’s wireless future depends on the presence of networks protected from malicious foreign interference,” House sponsors said on Thursday. “The existence of Huawei technology in our networks poses a huge threat to economic security.”
“We thank our colleagues in the Senate for successfully crossing the finish line with this important bipartisan measure and look forward to the President promulgating it,” added the House sponsor.
Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerWhite House and the Senate reach a billion dollar stimulus package McConnell sets Friday night deadline for bipartisan stimulus package Senate GOP plan calls for massive tax relief and loans to PLUS companies (R-Miss.), Whose panel has jurisdiction over the bill, welcomed its adoption.
“The telecommunications equipment of certain foreign adversaries poses a significant threat to our national security, our economic prosperity and the future of US leadership in advanced wireless technologies,” Wicker said in a statement. “By establishing a” rip and replace “program, this legislation will provide meaningful guarantees for our communications networks and more secure connections for Americans.”
Legislation, if signed by the President TrumpDonald John Trump Pandemic is bad, we need the ability to measure how bad the Governor of Florida wants the federal Amash disaster statement to call the stimulus package “ a crude deal ” for “ those who need help the most ” MORE, would have a major effect on rural telecommunications providers. The Rural Wireless Association estimated in a 2018 file according to the FCC, about 25% of its member companies use equipment from Huawei or the Chinese group ZTE.
A Huawei spokesperson expressed concern over the impact of the law on telecom providers using the company’s equipment in a statement released to The Hill on Thursday.
“Unfortunately, the legislation which has just been adopted is considerably underfunded, would take longer than expected and could endanger some of our customers, who serve the most underserved areas,” said the spokesman. “This legislation will simply reduce the ability of broadband providers to provide the most secure network equipment and, in turn, will harm consumers and local businesses.”
The spokesman added that “although the intent of this bill is to provide a robust and secure network to all Americans, if implemented, the legislation passed today will be woefully inadequate.”
The passage of the bill comes after months of bipartisan pressure to take action against Huawei, the world’s largest supplier of 5G equipment. Critics cite concerns about a 2017 Chinese intelligence law that requires Chinese businesses and individuals to participate in state-sponsored intelligence gathering.
Last year, the Commerce Department added Huawei to its list of entities from groups with which U.S. companies are banned from doing business, although Huawei’s full inclusion on the list has been repeatedly delayed.
The FCC also took action against the company in November, when it identified Huawei as a threat to national security and prohibited telecommunications groups from using FCC funds to buy equipment from Huawei.
Huawei rejected the FCC for the measures, announcing in December that it was suing the agency.
The Trump administration has also made abandoning Huawei a key priority, prompting allied companies to do the same.
Earlier this year, the UK decided to allow Huawei to be used in 5G peripheral networks, but not in more secure networks, a move that Capitol Hill said could jeopardize information sharing between the United States and the United Kingdom.
-Updated at 10:50 p.m.