FCC Ends Year With Further Crackdowns On Chinese Tech

By Kelcee Griffis (December 10, 2020, 5:28 PM EST) -- In its last meeting of the year, the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to approve a trio of national security initiatives designed to limit China's access to U.S. networks and replace preexisting equipment that could offer such a portal for espionage.

In what was also Republican FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly's last meeting with the agency, the FCC solidified a so-called rip and replace program that identifies components made by companies like Huawei and ZTE that are too risky to remain installed and designates small and rural carriers eligible for subsidies to replace those parts.

O'Rielly called the vote a "sobering...

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