The U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans to ban approval of new Huawei and ZTE telecommunications devices and some video surveillance equipment sales from three other Chinese companies for national security concerns.

The ban comes after years of warnings from security experts and intelligence agencies that the Chinese regime could take advantage of its telecommunications equipment installed in the U.S. networks for espionage purposes.

FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel circulated the draft order among the other three commissioners for a vote last week. The order would effectively prohibit companies threatening national security from selling new equipment in the U.S. without equipment authorizations.

She said, “The FCC remains committed to protecting our national security by ensuring that untrustworthy communications equipment is not authorized for use within our borders, and we are continuing that work here.” 

The order will ban Huawei and ZTE’s telecommunications equipment. The FCC previously banned U.S. firms from using federal funds to buy equipment from these companies, while the new ban would apply to all purchases.

The new order will also restrict some video surveillance equipment sales, which could hurt Chinese firms Hikvision, Hytera Communications, and Dahua.

The 2021 Secure Equipment Act requires the FCC to ban equipment sales from companies that pose an “unacceptable risk to the national security” of the U.S.

The U.S. placed Huawei and ZTE on the trade blacklist in 2019, banning them from buying American technology without a U.S. government license.

In 2020, the FCC classified both Huawei and ZTE as national security threats to U.S. communications networks.

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