FCC Takes Next Steps In Sealing Off Chinese Equipment

Law360 (July 16, 2020, 7:59 PM EDT) -- The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday asked for a fresh round of public comments on the agency's plans to further crack down on foreign-made network components believed to present national security risks.

The proposed rule would beef up reporting requirements on telecom providers, mandate that they disclose annually whether they've used equipment from entities such as Chinese manufacturers Huawei and ZTE, and bar the use of federal funding to pay for such equipment.

The rule is meant to further implement the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act, which earmarks up to $1 billion for a federal initiative to replace telecom equipment manufactured by Huawei,...

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