On Friday, May 1, 2020, the Commission released a Public Notice (“Notice”) announcing that the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (“Bureau”) is extending the timeframe for determining whether to issue final designations of Huawei Technologies Company (“Huawei”) and ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) under the Protecting Against National Security Threats Order (“Order”) (PS Docket Nos. 19-351, 19-352).
The Commission initially designated Huawei and ZTE as covered companies posing a national security threat to the communications networks or supply chain in the Order. The PSHSB was directed to make a final designation on these entities by May 4, 2020. The Bureau finds good cause to extend the timeframe for completing the designation process for Huawei and ZTE for two reasons. First, the Commission sought comment on the application of the Secure Networks Act on the designation proceedings, and the additional time will allow the Bureau to fully consider and analyze the record. Second, Huawei’s submitted comments in response to its designated totaled more than 5,000 pages, and the extended timeframe will ensure an appropriate process to potentially affected parties.
The Bureau extends the timeframe for finalizing the designations of Huawei and ZTE to June 30, 2020.
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