Biden signs law blocking Huawei and ZTE from receiving FCC licenses

November 12, 2021

US President Joe Biden has signed into law the Secure Equipment Act that blocks companies like Huawei and ZTE from receiving network licenses. The new rules mean the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) can no longer consider any applications for network equipment that may pose a national security threat, Reuters has reported. 

With the measure, the FCC can no longer issue or review licenses to companies on the FCC’s “Covered Equipment or Services List.” It was passed by a 420-4 House vote and approved unanimously by the US Senate last month. “We have already determined that this gear poses an unacceptable risk to our national security, so closing what I have called the ‘Huawei loophole’ is an appropriate action for us to take,” said FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr.