FCC: Huawei and ZTE Are
National Security Threats
July 2, 2020
The Federal Communications
Commission formally determined that Huawei and ZTE pose a national
security threat to the integrity of the US communications networks and
communications supply chain. This decision means that funds from the
FCC’s Universal Service Fund cannot be used to purchase, obtain,
maintain, improve, modify, or otherwise support any equipment or
services provided by Huawei or ZTE.
This designation is the latest step that the FCC has taken to secure
America’s communications networks from the threats posed by Communist
China and bad actors that might do its bidding. Those efforts include
prohibiting a company linked to Communist China from connecting to our
communications networks, directing numerous other entities to show cause
why their authority to remain connected to our networks should not be
revoked, and launching a proceeding aimed at removing Huawei and ZTE
gear from our communications networks.
cannot treat Huawei and ZTE as anything less than a threat to our
collective security,” Commissioner Carr stated. “Communist China intends
to surveil persons within our borders and engage in large-scale,
industrial espionage. Nothing short of prohibiting subsidized Huawei and
ZTE gear from our networks could address this serious national security
threat. After all, Chinese law does not meaningfully restrain the
Communist regime given its authoritarian nature.
“America has turned the page
on the weak and timid approach to Communist China of the past. We are
now showing the strength needed to address Communist China’s threats.
And our efforts will not stop here. The FCC will continue to take
whatever steps are necessary to secure America’s communications networks
from bad actors that would do us harm,” Commissioner Carr added.