USA again deals a heavy blow against manufacturers of Chinese technological equipment. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC for its acronym in English) decided to prohibit the products and telecommunications devices of firms that come from the Asian giant such as Huawei Y ZTE arguing that these pose “an unacceptable risk to national security.”
According to a new statement published by the Commission, the reasons behind this decision respond to the danger that these devices pose to the security and privacy of citizens. “This is the latest measure taken by the Commission to protect our nation’s communications networks. We seek to build a more secure and resilient supply chain for communications equipment and services within USA” mention the document.
A new veto for Chinese manufacturers in the US
This prohibition by the regulator of the telecommunications sector in USA could cause even more complications in the already tense relationship between this country and China. This veto is quite broad and includes telecommunications and video surveillance equipment from manufacturers of Huawei & ZTE.
“The measure we are adopting today concerns base station equipment being brought into our networks. It covers the phones, cameras and WiFi routers that are introduced into our homes. And it covers brand or private label equipment that is developed for the market. In other words, this approach is comprehensive.” said Jessica Rosenworcel president of the FCC through another statement.
The entity points out that telecommunications equipment also includes devices for smart home and internet of things as well as equipment from Chinese manufacturers Hytera, Hikvision & Dahua used for public security and government facilities, physical surveillance of important infrastructure and other purposes dedicated to national security.
“The FCC is committed to protecting our national security by ensuring that unreliable communications equipment is not authorized to be used within our borders, and we are continuing that work here. These new rules are an important part of our ongoing efforts to protect the American people from telecommunications-related national security threats.” added rosenworcel.
US launches new offensive against China
These new standards are contemplated in the Safe Equipment Act of 2021signed into law by the US president Joe Biden in November of last year that also required the FCC to vote on these measures within one year. Brendan Carr member of the Commission, said the following in Twitter: “Our unanimous decision represents the first time in the history of the FCC that we have voted to prohibit authorization of new equipment based on national security concerns.”.
In the past, USA placed restrictions on Huawei to access components such as microprocessors manufactured in their country, in addition to limiting the purchase of their devices with public funds. However, it stopped short of establishing a ban that also affects the private sector. The measures against this company began during the management of Barack Obama but ended up intensifying during the administration of Donald Trump. Other nations like Canada & United Kingdom they also imposed vetoes on Huawei especially for its deployment of 5G networks.
Today’s decision by the FCC to deny equipment authorizations involving insecure equipment responds to strong, bipartisan calls for action.
— Brendan Carr (@BrendanCarrFCC) November 25, 2022