FCC Expands List of Communications Equipment That Pose Security Threat

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has added additional products to its list of communications equipment and services that are deemed to pose a risk to U.S. national security or U.S. citizens.

According to a Public Notice, the Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau has added the following equipment or services to its “Covered List” under the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019:

  • Information security products, solutions, and services supplied, directly or indirectly by AO Kaspersky Lab;
  • International telecommunications services provided by China Mobile International USA; and
  • Telecommunications services provided by China Telecom (Americas) Corporation.

The three companies join Huawei Technologies, ZTE Corporation, and other China-based technology companies whose telecommunications equipment and video surveillance technologies have been banned from use in federal information systems.

Read the FCC’s Public Notice on additions to equipment covered under the Secure Networks Act.

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