The ban also covers security cameras provided by Beijing companies and two-way radios as they pose a “threat to national security.” This week the UK had moved forward with a similar measure
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The US banned the sale of devices from the Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE (REUTERS)
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday banned devices from Chinese brands Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. This measure is a continuation of the effort to limit the reach and influence of these companies in the country's networks, to which Washington has been committed for years.
The order released this Friday by the FCC also covers two camera providers, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co. and Dahua Technology Co., as well as two-way radio maker Hytera Communications Corp.
In a statement released by the Commission, the president of the entity, Jessica Rosenworcel, assured that “the FCC is committed to protecting our national security by guaranteeing that the use of of unreliable communications equipment within our borders, and we will continue this work.”
“These new rules are an important part of our ongoing actions to protect the American people from national security threats related to telecommunications,” he continued, emphasizing the danger that the presence of these Chinese companies represents, according to intelligence from United States.
Jessica Rosenworcel emphasized her desire to protect national security (EFE)
The vote was unanimous and she easily got the green light. While it applies directly to future equipment purchase authorizations, those already issued could also be revoked.
Republican Commission Commissioner Brendan Carr, said that “as a result of our order, no new equipment from Huawei or ZTE can be approved. And no new equipment from Dahua, Hikvision or Hytera can be approved unless they assure the FCC that their equipment will not be used for public safety, security of government facilities and other national security purposes.”
This measure meant another step in this fight in Washington, which was intensified during the presidency of Donald Trump -between 2017 and 2021- and continues in the mandate of the current President Joe Biden. Steps have already been taken in the past to curb access to information through export controls and bans on key equipment and software.
Joe Biden continued with Donald Trump's measures against Chinese companies accused of meddling in American data (REUTERS)
Also, last June, Biden had updated the list of Chinese companies whose scopes were out of the reach of local investors.
Meanwhile, a group of US officials proposed restricting the platform TikTok , extremely popular among young people, but with high suspicions that it is the gateway for the Chinese authorities to the data of millions of users.
In turn, in 2018, Congress had already approved a provision by which federal agencies were prohibited from buying equipment from the five companies indicated by the FCC and it was established, on the other hand, that the companies are not eligible to receive subsidies. or do business in the country.
ZTE joined the list of companies that are not eligible to receive federal subsidies or do business in the US country (REUTERS)
The United Kingdom joined the measure
This Thursday, the British Government advanced with a similar measure, by which banned the use of security cameras from Beijing in its ministries and state departments.
The measure reaches these areas considered “sensitive” since, according to UK officials, Chinese law requires companies Hikvision and Dahua to share all data collected with regime authorities.
The UK has banned the use of Chinese security cameras in ministries and state departments (REUTERS)
In the past, these devices had already been the center of controversies that caused -among others- the resignation of the secretary of health after a video was released from inside his office captured by said cameras kissing an assistant.
(With information from Bloomberg and AP)
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