Lawmakers Step in to Fix “National Security Loophole”

Lawmakers Step in to Fix

( – US leaders are becoming increasingly worried about the various threats the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime poses to national security. That has come to the forefront in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, but its roots run far deeper than that.

In 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) brought in new rules requiring American telecoms companies to stop using equipment made by Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE. That rule only applies if federal tax dollars were used to purchase the equipment, however.

On Monday, May 24, Sens. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced a bill that would close this loophole. The Secure Equipment Act of 2021 would direct the FCC not to accept applications by Chinese state-backed firms to sell “radio frequency devices that pose a national security risk” on the US market. That would apply regardless of whether government money was used.

The Chinese communications industry is inextricably linked to appalling human rights abuses. They’ve also been a national security concern for quite some time, as mentioned. The new bill could mark an important step away from this kind of wrongdoing for American companies.

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