On June 30, 2020, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (“Bureau”) released a Public Notice announcing that it has released the below-linked Orders issuing final designations of Huawei and ZTE, as well as their parents, affiliates, and subsidiaries, as companies posing a national security threat to the integrity of communications networks and the communications supply chain. The final designations are effective immediately and accordingly, no universal service support may be used to purchase, obtain, maintain, improve, modify, or otherwise support any equipment or services produced or provided by Huawei or ZTE.

 

The Order designating ZTE as a national security threat reflects the Bureau’s findings regarding ZTE’s close ties to the Chinese government and obligations under Chinese law, ZTE’s disregard for U.S. national security laws, known cybersecurity risks and vulnerabilities in ZTE equipment, and ongoing Congressional and Executive Branch concern about such equipment.

 

The Order designating Huawei as national security reflects the Bureau’s findings regarding Huawei’s substantial ties to the Chinese government and military apparatus, Huawei’s obligations to cooperate with the Chinese government under Chinese law, Huawei’s susceptibility to coercion, and ongoing Congressional and Executive Branch concern about Huawei equipment and services.

 

Commissioner Starks also issued a statement about the orders.

 

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