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Huawei asks on court to overturn FCC ban

 


Huawei filed a legal challenge to the FCC's designation of the Chinese company as a threat to U.S. national security for telecommunications networks and asked the court to revoke the designation.

China Telecom argues that the commission overstepped its authority in December 2020, introducing a ban supported by former President Donald Trump.

"The review order is likely to affect the financial interests of the telecommunications industry as a whole, including network operators who have been blocked by the FCC from purchasing Huawei components," Huawei's request says.

The Biden administration's Federal Communications Commission reiterated its support for the decision, and a spokesman for the committee said: Last year, the FCC issued a final classification identifying Huawei as a threat to national security based on a wide range of evidence, and we continue to defend the decision.

Huawei was seen as a threat under Trump, whose administration has used a variety of tactics to sever ties with U.S. companies.

Federal agencies have argued that Huawei's equipment poses an undue security risk, citing potential backdoors that allow the company to spy on Americans, and Huawei has denied the allegations.

In 2019, the FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION VOTED TO BAN THE USE OF FEDERAL FUNDS TO BUY THE COMPANY'S PRODUCTS, PREVENTING U.S. COMPANIES FROM DEPLOYING WIRELESS NETWORKS USING HUAWEI EQUIPMENT.

The order came into effect in June last year, preventing U.S. companies from using an $8.3 billion government fund to buy equipment from the company, despite a legal challenge from Huawei.

The FCC went further in December, voted to get companies to replace existing Huawei equipment, and rejected a petition from Huawei asking it to reconsider its decision.

Trump's feud with Huawei was part of the biggest trade war with China, followed by unprecedented attempts to ban the popular mobile apps TechTalk and WeChat.

President Joe Biden has not renewed the war on TechTalk, but his administration has indicated that it continues to crack down on Huawei, despite the wishes of the Huawei founder, who said he welcomes a call from Biden.

Gina Raimondo, Biden's nominee for Secretary of Commerce, said last week that she sees no reason to remove her from the Department's list of banned entities.

Source :

https://www.theverge.com/2021/2/9/22274575/huawei-fcc-lawsuit-national-security-ban-broadband-rollout

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