By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 4-13-20

The FCC is seeking comment on how it should square its approach to preventing Universal Service Fund money from going to carriers that use Huawei and ZTE technology with Congress’ mandate to do the same thing.

The Wireline Competition Bureau Monday (April 13) sought comment on the impact of the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act on its rulemaking on “Protecting Against National Security Threats to the Communications Supply Chain.”

Back in November, the FCC voted unanimously to prohibit the USF support of equipment or services from any company that posed a national security risk to U.S. networks or the supply chain.  It initially designated ZTE and Huawei to be such companies.  It also sought comment on a program to reimburse current USF recipients for ripping and replacing that technology.  » Read More