US President Joe Biden signed a law that effectively prevents Huawei and ZTE from operating in the US
US President Joe Biden signed a law that effectively prevents Huawei and ZTE from submitting applications to receive licenses, even if no federal funds are involved.
By 2020, the two Chinese companies had already been subject to restrictions by the Biden administration, but until now, they could submit requests to the US Federal Communications Commission. With this new law, the two companies cannot even be considered as companies by the regulatory authority, says Engadget.
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The head of the US Federal Communications Commission, Brendan Carr, again stressed that Huawei and ZTE pose “unacceptable risks to national security”, noting that the measure is “appropriate”:
“We have already determined that this gear poses an unacceptable risk to our national security, so closing what I have called the ‘Huawei loophole’ is an appropriate action for us to take.” he said.
Huawei has yet to comment on the legislation, but already called the FCC’s proposed revision “misguided and unnecessarily punitive” in the past.
Biden is expected to speak with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in a “virtual summit” tentatively set for next Monday.