The US is banning the sale of communications equipment made by Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE and restricting the use of some Chinese-made video surveillance systems, citing an “unacceptable risk” to national security.
The five-member Federal Communications Commission said Friday it has voted unanimously to adopt new rules that would block the import or sale of certain technology products that pose a security risk to America’s critical infrastructure. It is the latest in a year-long escalation of US sanctions on Chinese technology that began with former President Donald Trump and continued under the administration of President Joe Biden.
“The FCC is committed to protecting our national security by ensuring that untrusted communications equipment is not authorized for use within our borders, and we are continuing the work here,” FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel said in a prepared statement. “
Along with Huawei and ZTE, the order affects products made by companies such as Hikvision and Dahua, makers of widely used video surveillance cameras.
The FCC’s order applies to future authorizations of the device, though the agency leaves open the possibility that it could revoke previous authorizations.
Republican FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr tweeted, “Our unanimous decision marks the first time in FCC history that we have voted to restrict authorization of new devices based on national security concerns.”
Carr stated that “as a result of our order, no new Huawei or ZTE equipment may be approved. And no new Dahua, Hikvision, or Hytera gear may be approved until they assure the FCC that their The gear shall not be used for public safety, security of government facilities, and other national security purposes.”