On June 9, 2020, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (“Bureau”) released a Public Notice seeking comment on the June 9th filing submitted by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (“NTIA”) in PS Dockets 19-351 and 19-352 related to Huawei Technologies Company (“Huawei”) and ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”).
The Protecting Against National Security Threats Order initially designated Huawei and ZTE as national security threats to the integrity of communications networks and the communications supply chain. The Commission directed the Bureau to determine whether to finalize the designations, which would effectively prohibit the use of Universal Service Fund (“USF”) support to procure equipment or services from Huawei and ZTE. NTIA supports the FCC’s initial designations of Huawei and ZTE and urges the Commission to promptly take all actions needed to make those designations final. NTIA further urges the FCC to seek funding from Congress to support reimbursement of Remove and Replace costs and suggests certain elements of this program. NTIA also encourages the FCC to continue to work closely with NTIA/the Executive Branch concerning these issues.
Comments on NTIA’s filing are due June 19, 2020.
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