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RTI: U.S. Broadened Bans on New Chinese Communications Equipment Imports

Radio Taiwan International (RTI) recently reported that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just issued a broadened ban on new telecommunications equipment from Chinese companies such as Huawei and ZTE, citing “unacceptable risk” to US national security. The FCC said it had passed a final rule prohibiting the sale or import of equipment deemed to pose a national security risk to the United States. This is the latest blow to Chinese telecommunications equipment makers. Jessica Rosenworcel, chairwoman of the FCC, circulated the proposed measure to three other commissioners who will give their final approval next month. She said these new rules are an important part of our ongoing efforts to protect the American people from national security threats involving telecommunications. The FCC follows the requirements of the Safety Equipment Act of 2021, which was signed into law by President Biden last November. The following Chinese companies, Huawei, ZTE, Dahua Technology, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology, and Hytera Communications will all be impacted by this ban. The measures would effectively disallow these companies from selling new devices in the U.S. and will also expand and update the FCC’s “covered list” of prohibited products to prevent private entities from bringing products from these Chinese companies into the United States as well. Huawei declined to comment on this matter, while ZTE did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Source: RTI, November 26, 2022