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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 Covid-19 relief package that the US Congress passed contained US$1.9 billion in subsidies for US telecoms carriers to remove and replace Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp networks and equipment that have been deemed national security threats, reports Hong Kong's South China Morning Post.

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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