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FCC Orders Equipment Removed in Step Aimed at Huawei, ZTE

  • Agency also moves to establish way to reimburse carriers
  • FCC, Congress, Trump are confronting China on range of issues

The Federal Communication Commission ordered carriers to remove network equipment that poses a security risk, taking another step aimed at China’s Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp.

The agency in a 5-0 vote also said it would establish a list of proscribed equipment, and it set up a program to reimburse carriers for replacing suspect gear that will start once Congress devotes an estimated $1.6 billion. The agency said the actions, which affect providers that take federal subsidies, implement a law Congress passed in March.