Hot potato: The US-China technology clash is entering an even hotter phase, with the FCC acting as a hammer against Chinese networking and telecommunications device companies. The FCC says they pose an unacceptable national security risk.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided to effectively ban the sale and import of telecommunications products manufactured by five Chinese technology companies. The “not for sale” list includes Huawei, ZTE, Hytera Communications, Hikvision and Dahua, and according to FCC commissioners, this will protect the US from “unacceptable national security risks” posed by the aforementioned product makers.
FCC decision concerns the authorization of devices sold in the United States. Without said approval, the product cannot be legally offered in the country, so the new rule acts as an outright ban on network devices made in China for the international market.
The new rule follows Safe Equipment Act of 2021 signed by President Joe Biden, which forces the FCC to “no longer review or approve any application for authorization of equipment that poses an unacceptable risk to national security.” In addition, any company will now need an agent in the US to do business there.
According to FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworsel, the new rule will enforce what was previously considered an imperfect restriction process. While the FCC has previously flagged some equipment as a national security threat, the agency has continued to “stamp this equipment as part of the equipment authorization process” over the past few years. It’s a loophole that “doesn’t make any sense,” Rosenworsel said, as “there’s little benefit in having these lists and these bans just to leave open other possibilities for this equipment to be present on our networks.”
Under the new regime, a long list of devices including security cameras, phones, Wi-Fi routers, smart home kits and more will lose any chance of being authorized to enter the US market. The rule should finally block attackers from evading FCC control, FCC Commissioner Jeffrey Starks said. said. “If you want to get permission to sell your equipment in the United States, we must be able to use our rules against you if you break them. And point.
The ban on the five aforementioned Chinese companies is just the latest attempt by the US Federal Communications Commission to limit Beijing’s attempts to infiltrate US networks with its threats of cyber warfare. Huawei has already been banned in the US. Some FCC commissioners would go even further and ban the TikTok network to protect the data of US citizens.