ZD: ZTE stays on FCC national security threat list
Sat November, 2020, Age: 3 years
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has dismissed a request from Chinese telecommunications company ZTE to reconsider its designation as a national security threat. The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau labelled ZTE and Huawei as threats to U.S. national security in June, preventing equipment from the two companies from being used in nation-wide telecom procurements funded by the FCC’s Universal Service Fund. ZTE filed to overturn the decision on June 30, but the FCC was unmoved. “[ZTE] does not raise any disagreement with how Chinese law should be interpreted, nor does it challenge our finding that, in practice, the control of China’s authoritarian system would effectively prevent ZTE from refusing to follow an espionage demand from the Chinese government,” the FCC said.
“Nor does ZTE dispute that its close ties to the Chinese government make it a particular threat to US national security, as evidenced by US and allied intelligence services’ warnings about ZTE. Finally, ZTE does not dispute its history of violating US laws designed to promote US national security and, in fact, engaging in deception to hide its violations of those laws.”