US creates US$1.9 billion fund to remove Huawei and ZTE gear
THE Covid-19 relief package that the US Congress passed contained US$1
28 December 2020 - 19:00
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) first raised the idea early last year to remove and replace those systems, but since then, the affected carriers - mostly small companies in rural areas - warned that such a move could upend their businesses.
Recently, the agency finalised rules requiring US carriers to remove Huawei equipment, shortly after it designated the Chinese telecoms giant a national security threat.
Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman, praised congressional leaders for 'working together in a bipartisan manner to reach agreement on this consequential legislation that will help protect our national security, close the digital divide, advance tele-health, and promote American leadership in 5G'.
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