FCC Says These Telecom Manufacturers Pose U.S. National Security Threat

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In order to be more clear about which telecoms and manufacturers pose a threat to America’s national security, the FCC on Friday released a list. Five Chinese companies are in the catalog, having been deemed a threat to national security, consistent with requirements in the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019.

The five are: Huawei Technologies Co., ZTE Corp., Hytera Communications Corp., Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., and Dahua Technology Co. The Act requires the Commission to publish and maintain the list of communications equipment and services that pose an “unacceptable risk.”   

The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau will update the list if other communications equipment and services are determined to meet the criteria under the law.    

FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel called the list, “a big step in restoring  trust in our communications networks.” The list, she said, “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.” 

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