By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 3-30-21

FCC Commissioner Brenda Carr says it is time to close a “glaring loophole” in rules adopted under former FCC chairman Ajit Pai to weed out suspect tech from U.S. networks, rules under which he said thousands of insecure applications continue to be approved because the tech is bought with private funds.

The FCC’s rules for requiring telecoms to rip and replace equipment from suspect Chinese tech suppliers – Huawei and ZTE initially and now several more – only apply to equipment purchased with government subsidies, Carr said at an event hosed by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, which means that the same suspect tech bought with private funds can continue to be used in U.S. networks.  » Read More