April 17, 2019

U.S. ban on Chinese telecom equipment moves forward amid concerns

From: Yahoo News

Jenna McLaughlin, National Security and Investigations Reporter

WASHINGTON — Amid ongoing international debate about how to confront the national security threats from 5G, a congressionally mandated ban on U.S. government business deals with several Chinese telecom companies, including Huawei and ZTE, is on track to be implemented by late summer, according to the Pentagon.

The Pentagon, the General Services Administration and NASA — members of the government’s Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council — are working to implement the congressional legislation by modifying their procurement regulations, according to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. The new rule, which will apply to all executive agencies once complete, “is needed to protect U.S. networks against cyber activities conducted through Chinese Government-supported telecommunications equipment and services,” according to a published description of the change, mandated by the 2019 defense spending bill.

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