On Thursday, the Senate of the US Congress unanimously supported a bill providing for an additional tightening of restrictions against companies that threaten US national security from Washington’s point of view.
According to The Hill newspaper, this category currently includes Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE. In addition, the bill prohibits the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from considering applications and issuing permits for the products of companies that it previously included in a special list of firms that pose a threat to national security.
Last week, the House of Representatives of the US Congress bill. Four hundred twenty legislators spoke in favor, four said. The document will be by the President of the country, Joe Biden.
In March, the US Federal Communications Commission published a list of five Chinese companies that threaten national security from Washington’s point of view.
Among them were, in addition to the mentioned Huawei and ZTE, Hytera Communications Corp., Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., and Dahua Technology Co. Restrictions against Huawei and ZTE The decision to recognize Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE as a threat to US national security was first adopted by the FCC in June last year.
Then it was forbidden to use funds from the commission fund to purchase equipment and services from Huawei and ZTE and their subsidiaries and parent companies. Huawei and ZTE later asked the agency to reconsider this decision, but the regulator rejected it.
Over the past few years, Huawei has been under severe pressure from the United States, which has imposed sanctions on the Chinese company. The US Department of Commerce has blocked Huawei since May 17, 2019, due to the threat to national security, which seriously limited the company’s ability to purchase high-tech equipment in the United States.
Subsequently, this agency issued and then renewed the general license several times, which continued the right to service networks and provide software updates for the company’s mobile devices. In August 2018, then-President Donald Trump signed a decree that banned US government departments from using equipment manufactured by Huawei and ZTE.
Representatives of the American authorities claim that Huawei and ZTE pose a threat to the country’s security. However, Huawei has repeatedly denied criticism of its address.