Five Chinese companies pose threat to U.S. national security: FCC

Five Chinese companies pose threat to U.S. national security: FCC

News: Five Chinese companies pose threat to U.S. national security: FCC.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday identified five Chinese companies as a threat to national security under a 2019 law to protect U.S. communications networks.

The FCC said the companies included Huawei Technologies Co., ZTE Corp., Hytera Communications Corp. and Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co and Dahua Technology Co.

The Safe and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019 requires the FCC to identify companies that manufacture telecommunications equipment and services “that pose an unacceptable risk to US national security or the safety of US individuals.”

Acting FCC Chairman Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statement, “This list contains powerful guidance to ensure that building next-generation networks across the country does not repeat past mistakes or use devices or services that pose a threat represent for the national security of the US or the security of the Americans. “

Last year, the FCC identified Huawei and ZTE as national security threats to communications networks – a statement preventing U.S. firms from drawing on a $ 8.3 billion government fund to buy equipment from the companies .

In February, Huawei denied the statement in a petition filed with the Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals. Huawei declined to comment on the new FCC designation on Friday. The other four companies could not be reached immediately for comment.

In December the FCC laid down the rules according to which network operators with ZTE or Huawei devices must “rip and replace” these devices. A reimbursement program was created for these efforts, and US lawmakers approved $ 1.9 billion to fund the program in December.

Also in December, the FCC began withdrawing China Telecom’s approval to operate in the US as further steps were taken to combat China’s role in US telecommunications.

Reporting by David Shepardson; Adaptation by Jonathan Oatis and Howard Goller

Original Source © Reuters

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