U.S. Bans Huawei & ZTE Telecom Equipment

More and more the Western world is waking up to the fact that any company in China must be considered an arm of the Chinese Communist Party.

The U.S. FCC has issued a sweeping ban on the sale of new telecom equipment produced by Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE.

The vote to ban the equipment passed unanimously, 4-0.

Chinese companies Hytera Communications, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology and Dahua Technology are also impacted by the ban.

Rare consensus

The ban demonstrates one of the few areas of consensus in U.S. politics, with the Biden Administration continuing the tough-on-China policies of the Trump Administration.

Other countries in the Western world, including the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and – belatedly – Canada, have taken some steps to limit the use of Chinese equipment in our telecom networks.

These moves are being made because it is abundantly clear that any company that operates from China is really nothing more than an extension of the Chinese Communist Party.

With China increasingly perpetrating horrendous human rights abuses against their population, and growing more threatening and belligerent around the world, it is simply untenable to allow China to gain dominant position in important telecom and communications infrastructure.

You can read the full FCC statement below:

“The FCC is committed to protecting our national security by ensuring that untrustworthy communications equipment is not authorized for use within our borders, and we are continuing that work here,” said Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “These new rules are an important part of our ongoing actions to protect the American people from national security threats involving telecommunications.”

The Report and Order applies to future authorizations of equipment identified on the Covered List published by the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau pursuant to the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019. The new rules prohibit the authorization of equipment through the FCC’s Certification process, and makes clear that such equipment cannot be authorized under the Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity process or be imported or marketed under rules that allow exemption from an equipment authorization. The Covered List (which lists both equipment and services) currently includes communications equipment produced by Huawei Technologies, ZTE Corporation, Hytera Communications, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology, and Dahua Technology (and their subsidiaries and affiliates). The new rules implement the directive in the Secure Equipment Act of 2021, signed into law by President Biden last November, that requires the Commission to adopt such rules.

The Commission also adopted a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking further comment on additional revisions that should be made to the rules and procedures prohibiting the authorization of “covered” equipment. It also seeks further comment on potential revisions to the Commission’s competitive bidding program. The Commission is also seeking comment on future action related to existing authorizations.

The new rules follow a series of other FCC initiatives to keep U.S. networks secure. In addition to today’s actions and maintaining the Covered List, the FCC has prohibited the use of public funds to purchase covered equipment or services, launched the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Program to remove insecure equipment that has already been installed in U.S. networks, revoked operating authorities for Chinese state-owned carriers based on recommendations from national security agencies, updated the process for approving submarine cable licenses to better address national security concerns, and launched inquiries on IoT security and internet outing security, among other actions.”

Here at home, we must continue to put pressure on our politicians to protect our nation from China, especially since Justin Trudeau’s instincts are far too pro-CCP.

Thankfully, with Canada’s allies taking more and more forceful action, the Liberals have little room for maneuver.

Spencer Fernando