FCC bans video surveillance and telecom equipment from Huawei, ZTE and other Chinese companies

The Biden administration passed the Secure Equipment Act into law last year. This law was designed to prevent several Chinese companies from obtaining network authorization and applied to companies whose hardware was deemed a threat to national security. Today, the FCC made the ruling official. As a result of this new law, equipment from Huawei, Hytera, ZTE, Hikvision and Dahua will not be sold in the US. However, equipment from companies that are all on the FCC’s “Covered List” is not affected.

“The FCC is committed to protecting our national security by ensuring that unreliable communications devices are not permitted for use within our borders, and we continue that work here,” FCC President Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statement. “These new rules are an important part of our ongoing actions to protect the American people from national security threats related to telecommunications.”

More about the FCC ban

It is important to note that not all hardware offered by these companies is banned. The ban essentially targets equipment related to “the purpose of public safety, security of government facilities, physical surveillance of critical infrastructure and other national security purposes”. If the affected companies can demonstrate that they are not marketing the equipment for government use (and are only marketing the products to mainstream consumers), the FCC ban may be revoked.

This move highlights the deteriorating state of affairs between the US and Chinese governments. The US has placed several Chinese companies on its ‘Entity List’ and this prohibits US companies from selling anything to them. The FCC has also called for $5 billion to help US carriers replace ZTE and Huawei’s now-defunct equipment.

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Kajoli Anand Puri

About me: Kajoli is a tech enthusiast with a soft spot for smart kitchen and home appliances. She loves discovering gadgets and gadgets designed to make life easier, but secretly also fears a world controlled by AI. Oh wait, we’re already there.
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