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FCC blocks Huawei, ZTE gear from USF funding; requires rip and replace

November 25, 2019


The Federal Communications Commission has unanimously moved to block the use of Universal Service Fund monies to buy telecommunications equipment and services from companies that “pose a national security threat,” and designated Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE as such companies. The FCC also adopted new rules that network operators which receive USF funds must get rid of gear and stop using services from the covered companies, proposing to establish a reimbursement fund to help defray the costs of doing so.

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