FCC List Names Equipment Providers Other Than Huawei as a National Security Threat
Certain communications equipment and services from Huawei Technologies Co., ZTE Corp., Hytera Communications Corp., Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co. and Dahua Technology Co. are now on a list of products that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has determined to be a national security threat.
The FCC’s determination is based on the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019, which requires the regulator to publish and maintain a list of communications equipment and services that pose an unacceptable risk to national security or the security and safety of U.S. persons.
“This list is a big step toward restoring trust in our communications networks,” said FCC acting chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, in a prepared statement. “Americans are relying on our networks more than ever to work, go to school, or access healthcare, and we need to trust that these communications are safe and secure. This list provides meaningful guidance that will ensure that as next-generation networks are built across the country, they do not repeat the mistakes of the past or use equipment or services that will pose a threat to U.S. national security or the security and safety of Americans.”
Huawei’s equipment woes as a national security threat have been well documented The FCC has also created a “rip and replace’ fund for the removal and replacement of Huawei equipment, which was recently fully funded to the tune of $1.9 billion.