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President Biden OKs law blocking license applications from Huawei and ZTE

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What you need to know

  • President Joe Biden has signed legislation prohibiting Chinese firms such as Huawei and ZTE from receiving new equipment licenses.
  • The Secure Equipment Act received a unanimous approval from the Senate last month.
  • Under the new law, the Federal Communications Commission will reject any application from those companies.

Huawei, ZTE, and three more Chinese technology firms have lost all hope of obtaining network equipment licenses from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) after President Joe Biden signed the Secure Equipment Act into law.

The new legislation prohibits the FCC from accepting or reviewing applications for network equipment from companies that pose a national security risk. Its purpose is to ensure that network equipment from those companies is not used in the US telecommunications network.

Last year, the FCC designated Huawei and ZTE as national security threats, a sign of increased trade tensions between the United States and China. It did not, however, prohibit those companies from applying for FCC licenses as long as no federal funds were used.

The new law closes that loophole. According to Reuters, FCC commissioner Brendon Carr stated that the regulatory body has approved over 3,000 applications from Huawei since 2018. The Secure Equipment Act makes it illegal to use Huawei and ZTE equipment in the country's communications networks, which power many of the best Android phones.

Following the House's approval earlier in October, the law was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate late last month. The ban also affects Hytera Communications Corp., Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology, and Dahua Technology.

Earlier this year, the FCC also launched a $1.6 billion program to assist telecom companies in replacing Huawei and ZTE equipment in their networks. The latest move by the U.S. government represents an intensified effort to remove Chinese technology from the country's telecommunications infrastructure.

Jay Bonggolto
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9 Comments
  • At least he did something right
  • Yea, even a senile old man can have moments of clarity.
  • My guess is there will be complete silence from the Libs here unlike when Trump did the same thing.
  • If Democrats remain silent it's because we have learned that talking to Trumpites is futile. You lack the capacity for logic and reason. The Democratic party is not in favor of handing the Chinese the keys to the kingdom as you Trumpite zombies never cease to claim. But our party is not interested in pursuing a trade war in which nobody wins.
  • Finally a common sense post...I suspect things will go downhill from here
  • If you think only people who hate Biden (or should I say Brandon) are Trumpites you need to head back to nursery school. But, I believe your post proved that fact. Trade war with China is not a concern; there is a bigger concern than if smart phones will still be manufactured by slave labor called Uyghurs.
  • You guys wont be happy no matter what. Even if you disliked Trump your party supported him. That makes you a Trumpite. Own it.
  • Uh...that's not how that works.
  • A first, modest step in the right direction...