FCC Labels Chinese Companies “National Security Threat”

FCC Labels Chinese Companies

(RightWing.org) – Donald Trump didn’t hold back when targeting tech companies allied with China’s Communist Party. He signed the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act in March 2020, providing $1 billion to US telecommunication providers to help them replace equipment manufactured by Huawei and ZTE Corp.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) already barred US subsidies from paying for equipment from those companies. The FCC followed up on March 12, 2021, issuing a press release announcing its decision to designate five Chinese tech companies as “a threat to national security.” Those companies include Huawei and ZTE.

The Secure Networks Act mandates publication of the list as part of a program to maintain a list of telecommunication companies that pose unacceptable risks to national security or any US citizen’s safety and security.

Americans “rely on our networks more than ever,” acting FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel stated. The list helps next-generation tech companies avoid the “mistakes of the past” when dealing with US national security threats.

Trump’s position and that of the FCC have remained consistent regarding Huawei, ZTE, and other tech companies backed by China’s ruling Communist Party. Meanwhile, Senate and House Republicans vow to keep President Biden on a “short leash” regarding any changes to Trump’s “America First” policy.

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