FCC bans carriers from buying Huawei, ZTE gear with subsidies

FCC bans carriers from buying Huawei, ZTE gear with subsidies

The US FCC on Friday voted to bar use of its $8.5 billion a year Universal Service Fund to purchase equipment and services from Huawei and ZTE. The government fund is used by multiple programs to subsidize US broadband deployment and services. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said this was done ’given the threats posed by Huawei and ZTE to America’s security and our 5G future’.

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