The US Senate unanimously approved legislation on Thursday that would prohibit government agencies from using federal funds to purchase telecommunications equipment from companies considered to be a threat to national security, The Hill reported Thursday. The Secure and Trusted Telecommunications Networks Act would make it illegal to purchase gear from Huawei and ZTE.
The bipartisan bill, which FCC from using the funds to help carriers purchase equipment from those companies. It also would require the FCC to create a $1 billion fund to help smaller carriers remove and replace any “suspect network equipment.”, bars the
The legislation is “critical” to protect America’s wireless networks from “malicious foreign interference,” said sponsors Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), Greg Walden (R-OR) and Reps. Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY).
Huawei criticized the bill as not addressing the most pressing network security issues.
“The legislation that was just passed is considerably underfunded, would take longer than anticipated and could put at risk some of our customers, who serve the most underserved areas,” Huawei said in a statement. “This legislation will simply reduce the ability of broadband providers to provide the most secure network equipment and in turn hurt local consumers and businesses.”
Theto purchase equipment and services from Chinese providers Huawei and ZTE.
The US has ZTE maintain with the Chinese government, creating fear that equipment from these manufacturers could be used to spy on other countries and companies. The Commerce Department following a from President Donald Trump that effectively banned the company from US communications networks. Huawei and ZTE deny that their gear can be used for spying.that Huawei and
The bill now moves to Trump for approval, which he’s expected to give.
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