In the April Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) (WC Docket No. 18-89, FCC 18-42) in the Protecting Against National Security Threats to the Communications Supply Chain Through FCC Programs proceeding, proposing and seeking comment on a rule that would prohibit, on a going forward basis, the use of Universal Service Fund (“USF”) support to purchase or obtain any equipment or services produced or provided by any company posing a national security threat to the integrity of communications networks or the communications supply chain. The FCC seeks comment on how best to implement this proposal, including: 1) the types of equipment and services that should be covered by the proposed rule; 2) how the FCC should identify, and how USF recipients can learn, which suppliers are covered by the proposed rule; 3) what constitutes the use of USF funds and whether the band would extend to any “project” where services or equipment funded in part by a prohibited supplier; 4) when the rule would be effective, how a rule would be phased-in and whether it would apply to some USF programs before others; 5) how the rules would be enforced, against whom and whether sanctions should include suspension and disbarment; 6) the costs and benefits of the proposed rule; and 7) other national security steps.
Pursuant to the May 2, 2018 Federal Register Publication, the following comment dates have been established:
Comments are due June 1, 2018.
Reply comments are due July 2, 2018.
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