Secure Communications Network Act Signed into Law
Thursday, March 12, 2020 | Comments

President Donald Trump signed the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act (H.R. 4998) into law, saying the bill will help secure America’s telecommunications supply chain.

The legislation requires the FCC to establish the Secure and Trusted Communications Reimbursement Program to assist small communications providers with the costs of removing prohibited equipment or services from their networks and replacing the prohibited equipment with more secure communications equipment or services. The bill also helps the federal government better share supply chain security information with carriers, particularly smaller carriers, to help keep suspect equipment out of our networks in the future. The legislation also prohibits the use of federal funds, administered by the FCC to purchase communications equipment or services from companies that pose a national security risk to U.S. communications networks.

“Securing our networks from malicious foreign interference is critical to America’s wireless future, especially as some communications providers rely on equipment from companies like Huawei that pose an immense threat to America’s national and economic security,” said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Republican Leader Greg Walden, and Reps. Doris Matsui and Brett Guthrie. “With the president signing this important, bipartisan bill into law, we can take steps to protect our communications networks from bad actors, while helping small and rural providers remove and replace suspect network equipment. We look forward to continuing to work together to protect our communications networks, keep Americans safe, and bolster our national security in today’s interconnected world.”

A summary of the bill is here.

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