March 12, 2020 / 6:20 PM / 16 days ago

Trump signs law to bar U.S. rural carriers from using Huawei network equipment

WASHINGTON, March 12 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed legislation on Thursday to bars the use of U.S. subsidies by carriers to purchase network equipment from Huawei Technologies and other companies deemed a national security threat.

The law also requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish a program to assist small providers with the costs of removing prohibited equipment or services from their networks and replacing it. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai called on Congress to “to appropriate the necessary funding to reimburse carriers for replacing any network equipment or services found to be a national security threat.”

Huawei has opposed the measure and disputes that it poses a national security threat. (Reporting by David Shepardson, Editing by Franklin Paul)

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