The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has banned the use of 5G technology equipment manufactured by Huawei and ZTE companies, which are linked to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), as they are considered a threat to national security.
This was announced on June 30 by the chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, “Based on the overwhelming weight of evidence,” which demonstrated the “close links with the Chinese Communist Party” of these companies, forcing them to cooperate with its system by transferring information to them.
“Communist China intends to monitor people within our borders and engage in large-scale industrial espionage,” FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said.
At the same time, Carr noted that the United States had passed a stage where it had shown itself to be weak, and “now we are showing the necessary strength to face the threats of communist China [the CCP].”
As a result, U.S. technology companies cannot buy Huawei or ZTE using the $8.3 billion Universal Service Fund, which the FCC finances, to buy or support any equipment or services in this area.
The Universal Service Fund was established in 1997 to subsidize U.S. telecommunications companies.
The restrictions imposed by the United States on companies dependent on the CCP for the construction of the 5G internet network have been joined by other countries such as Great Britain, which despite initially having ceded part of this facility to Huawei, has now changed its mind on the matter.
Likewise, New Zealand and Australia stopped using the equipment supplied by the Chinese company, concerned about the possible interference of the CCP in their communications infrastructure.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the Chinese technology giant receives orders from Beijing.
“Huawei is an instrument of the Chinese government [the CCP],” Pompeo said in an interview with Fox Business Network. “They are deeply connected. It’s kind of hard for Americans to understand,” Pompeo said.
Last year the United States declared a national emergency because of the security risk posed by the technology company Huawei.
Huawei, in addition to its ties to the CCP, has been accused of stealing industry secrets from T-Mobile, according to federal prosecutors.
Blocking Huawei and ZTE adds to the multiple preventions and measures that several countries are taking against the aggressive strategies advanced by the CCP in search of world domination.