The blockade of China by the US government continues, the government now reaffirms ZTE as a threat to national security; the affirmation comes from FCC and it is just like what happened with Huawei.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has again stated that the company ZTE is a threat to the country’s security.
At the end of June, the FCC designated the Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE as “threats to national security” since, according to the agency, both are “widely subject to Chinese legislation requiring them to cooperate with the country’s intelligence services”.
Rejecting these claims, the ZTE company asked the agency to reconsider this designation, but the commission has reaffirmed itself and mentioned that “there is no reason to reverse its decision.
ZTE’s status as a “threatening entity” means that U.S. telecommunications companies and operators cannot access the government’s $8.3 billion Universal Service Fund to buy equipment from the company.
Huawei was also granted “threatening entity” status at the same time and will also be barred from the same program. The company is also appealing the decision, but its case will be heard separately.
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“With today’s request, we are taking another important step in our continuing efforts to protect America’s communications networks from security risks,” said Ajit Pai, president of the FCC.