FCC Denies ZTE Petition for Reconsideration of Security Threat Designation
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 | Comments

The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) denied a petition from ZTE asking for reconsideration of its designation as a company posing national security threat to U.S. communications networks and/or the supply chain.

As a result, the FCC’s $8.3 billion a year Universal Service Fund cannot be used to purchase, obtain, maintain, improve, modify or otherwise support any equipment or services produced or provided by ZTE.

“With today’s order, we are taking another important step in our ongoing efforts to protect U.S. communications networks from security risks,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “At the next open meeting on Dec. 10, the commission will vote on rules to implement the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement program to help carriers remove and replace untrusted equipment from their networks, months before the statutory deadline. Now, it is more vital than ever that Congress appropriate funds so that our communications networks are protected from vendors that threaten our national security.”

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