NEW YORK, April 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — As reported by Wolters Kluwer’s TR Daily, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously proposed prohibiting the use of universal service support for telecommunications service providers deemed national security threats during today’s Open Commission Meeting, despite some Commissioners’ concerns about the potential effects on universal service.
The experts behind Wolters Kluwer’s TR Daily reported that under the new proposal, U.S. companies that do business with foreign manufacturers deemed national security concerns would be restricted from receiving United Service Fund (USF) funding. The prohibition would apply to funds disbursed following the adoption of the rule. Changes in the proposal since the draft version circulated last month would raise the possibility of removing previously installed equipment subsequently found to be a threat, according to Commissioner Brendan Carr. The proposal aims to protect networks from equipment that “provides an avenue for hostile governments to inject viruses, launch denial-of-service attacks, steal data, and more,” according to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.
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“The FCC’s action follows congressional concerns about supply chain vulnerabilities, especially with respect to foreign companies,” said Lynn Stanton of Wolters Kluwer’s TR Daily. “The vote reflects assurances Chairman Ajit Pai gave lawmakers recently to take steps to safeguard the supply chain for communications networks in the United States.”
Wolters Kluwer’s TR Daily notes the growing U.S. government concern surrounding foreign companies, such as China-based Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., ZTE Corp., and Russia-based Kaspersky Labs, which were mentioned in the FCC’s draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) as foreign companies that provide equipment or services in the telecom space that Congress or other agencies have cited as possible security risks.
Additional issues voted on during today’s FCC Open Commission Meeting included:
- Proposed procedures for two upcoming auctions of millimeter-wave spectrum;
- Proposal to streamline the agency’s process for authorizing small commercial satellite systems;
- Item aimed at improving rural call completion;
- NPRM to enable rate-of-return (RoR) carriers that receive model-based high-cost support to transition their business data services (BDS) from RoR to incentive regulation; and
- One item on the Chairman’s ongoing effort to modernize the agency’s media regulations.
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