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Technology Huawei reportedly asks FCC to drop national security risk label

03:55  04 february  2020
03:55  04 february  2020 Source:   cnet.com

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Huawei has asked the Federal Communications Commission not to finalize its designation of the Chinese telecom giant as a US national security risk Huawei filed a legal challenge to the move in December, calling the action unconstitutional. in a nearly 200-page filing with the FCC on Monday

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd on Monday asked the Federal Communications Commission ( FCC ) not to finalize its designation of the China tech In November, the FCC voted 5-0 to initially designate Huawei and ZTE Corp (000063.SZ) as national security risks in a move that would bar their U.S

Huawei has asked the Federal Communications Commission not to finalize its designation of the Chinese telecom giant as a US national security risk, Reuters reported on Monday. The company reportedly called the effort "unlawful and misguided."

a close up of a sign: Huawei is fighting an FCC action to label it a risk to US national security. Patricia De Melo Moreira/AFP via Getty Images© Provided by CNET Huawei is fighting an FCC action to label it a risk to US national security. Patricia De Melo Moreira/AFP via Getty Images

The FCC announced in November it had voted to bar rural carriers in the US from using federal subsidies to purchase equipment from Huawei because it allegedly poses a national security threat. The $8.5 billion a year Universal Service Fund is used by multiple programs to subsidize US broadband deployment and services.

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Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp on Monday both asked the U.S. Federal Communications Commission ( FCC ) not to finalize its designation of the China tech giants as risks to U.S. national security .

Huawei 's Android alternative -- reportedly called "Hongmeng" -- would be easier to hack, the execs reckon. President Donald Trump's Huawei ban was based on long-term national security concerns about Huawei 's close ties with the Chinese government.

Huawei filed a legal challenge to the move in December, calling the action unconstitutional. in a nearly 200-page filing with the FCC on Monday, Huawei said the action was "designed to implement a campaign by certain government officials, including members of Congress, to single out Huawei for burdensome and stigmatizing restrictions, put it out of business in the United States, and impugn its reputation here and around the world."

a close up of a red umbrella: Huawei is fighting an FCC action to label it a risk to US national security.© Patricia De Melo Moreira/AFP /AFP via Getty Images

Huawei is fighting an FCC action to label it a risk to US national security.

The final decision on the designation has been left to the FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau.

The US has long alleged that Huawei maintains a tight relationship with the Chinese government, creating fear that equipment from the manufacturer could be used to spy on other countries and companies. Dropping the designation would run counter to the actions of President Donald Trump, who effectively banned the company from US communications networks with an executive order last May.

Neither Huawei nor the FCC responded to requests for comment.

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