The FCC has announced that that the Chinese communications companies Huawei Technologies Company and ZTE Corporation have been officially designated as national security threats to the integrity of U.S. communications and supply chain. The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau went on the specify that this designation also applies to the companies’ parents, affiliates, and subsidiaries as well. The reason for this decision was the FCC’s assessment that both organizations are highly vulnerable to influence from within the Chinese government, including the military and intelligence agencies. This new designation goes into effect immediately and means that none of the $8.3 billion/year Universal Services Fund may be used to “purchase, obtain, maintain, improve, modify, or otherwise support any equipment or services” from either Huawei or ZTE.
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