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Network Security 'Emergency' Order Clouds Telecom Plans

Law360 (May 16, 2019, 8:24 PM EDT) -- A new executive order from the Trump administration intended to shore up security vulnerabilities in communications networks writes a blank check to the U.S. Department of Commerce that can be used to target a host of technologies, countries and carriers, and its broad language has left many in industry unclear on how it will affect their business.

The order, announced late Wednesday, declares network security a “national emergency” and gives Commerce expansive power to nix risky business deals. But experts say the scope of the yet-unwritten compliance standards — and what they’ll mean for commercial carriers — remains to be seen....

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