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FCC proposes to bar US carriers from acquiring wireless devices from ZTE and Huawei due to ‘national security threat

Federal Communications Commission released a statement proposing to prohibit the use and purchase of devices from certain communications equipment providers that pose national security threat to United states.

According to, The Wall Street Journal earlier reported that the FCC has been planning to prevent US wireless providers from buying devices produced by Chinese companies such as ZTE and Huawei.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai who seemed to confirm previous reports as he said in a statement presenting his proposal: “Specifically, the draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, if adopted, would propose to bar the use of money from the FCC’s Universal Service Fund to purchase equipment or services from companies that pose a national security threat to United States communications networks or the communications supply chain.”

Though Pai did not specify companies, he mentioned about “hostile governments” that can pose threat through telecommunications equipment.

He added: “”Threats to national security posed by certain communications equipment providers are a matter of bipartisan concern.”

“Hidden ‘back doors’ to our networks in routers, switches—and virtually any other type of telecommunications equipment—can provide an avenue for hostile governments to inject viruses, launch denial-of-service attacks, steal data, and more.”

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