Federal Communications Commission “FCC” decided to ban the sale or import of new communications equipment from five Chinese companies, including Huawei and ZTE, justifying this with fear for its national security.
The US Federal Communications Commission, which is the first time it has taken such a step for security reasons, said its members voted unanimously on Friday to adopt the new rules.
” The FCC is committed to protecting our national security by ensuring that unreliable communications equipment is not authorized for use within our borders,” committee chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statement. “These new rules are an important part of our ongoing actions to protect the American people from national security threats related to communications,” she added.
Because the ban is not retroactive, listed companies can continue to sell products previously approved for sale in the United States.
But the FCC said it was seeking comment on future revisions to the rules about equipment that may be allowed to be imported or sold, which means existing licenses could also be revoked in the future.
It is noteworthy that the new restrictions in the United States are the latest on Chinese technology companies due to espionage concerns, which American officials have become increasingly wary of in recent years.
Under the Barack Obama administration, measures designed to limit the access of Chinese telecom companies such as Huawei and ZTE to the US market first took hold. Then it was accelerated during the presidency of Donald Trump and continued under the current US President, Joe Biden.
It should be noted that the list also includes companies: Hikvision, Dahua, and Hytera, which manufacture visual surveillance equipment and two-way radio systems.