Washington [US], May 29 (ANI): In an attempt to verify the Chinese threat, the United States has introduced a new bill directing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ban Beijing companies, including Huawei, who allegedly do not use the national security breach.
Fox News reported that a new bipartisan bill in the Senate will require the FCC to refrain from compensating commercial applications from companies on the commission’s list of national security threats, including Chinese company Huawei.
Senators such as Marco Rubio, R-Fla and Ed Markey, D-Mass, have introduced the 2021 Safe Equipment Act, a bill that aims to prevent the FCC from reviewing and approving commercial applications for companies on the commission’s “covered list”. according to a press release released Monday, the bill would also “prevent further integration and sale” of Chinese-led or state-run companies, such as Huawei and ZTE, in the United States, regardless of whether there are federal funds. U.S. telecommunications operators are only allowed to withdraw equipment purchased with federal funds, creating an exploitable gap.
“Chinese state-run companies like Huawei and ZTE pose a serious risk to our national security,” Rubio said in the statement. “The Chinese Communist Party subsidizes these companies and exploits loopholes in our laws to allow malicious agents to sell compromised equipment and services in the United States,” he reported.
“The status quo is dangerous and we must act now to strengthen our national security and protect our critical infrastructure,” the Florida Republican added.
Although Markey stated in the statement that the United States “must animate our technology with our values, especially in 5G networks that are critical to our future economic prosperity.” “That’s why our bipartisan legislation will ensure that all of our devices and equipment are safe for consumers and safe for the United States,” Markey continued. “I am proud to collaborate with Senator Rubio on this common sense proposal and I look forward to fighting together for his speed.” FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr applauded the two senators in the statement for their “bold leadership and action.” the legislation would strengthen our national security by ensuring that we close the gap that Huawei and others are using right now, despite our determination that their equipment poses an unacceptable risk to our national security, ”Carr said.
According to the statement, the FCC adopted new rules in 2020 that require U.S. telecommunications companies to remove and replace equipment from Huawei and other companies listed on the commission’s covered list.
In light of worsening US-China relations, Washington has described Chinese technology companies – Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, along with ZTE, Hytera Communications, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology and Dahua Technology – as threats. to national security.
According to the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the designation culminated in a series of moves Washington made against Huawei during the Trump administration, including a ban on U.S. companies from using the company’s technology. to build wireless networks and place the company on a list of entities that would prevent it from acquiring U.S. technology without government approval.
Last December, Congress approved a $ 1.9 billion fund to pay transportation companies to “boot and replace” Huawei and ZTE equipment from U.S. networks. (ANI)