The US Federal Communications Commission unanimously approved the allocation of US$1.9 billion to subsidize US companies to replace equipment provided by Chinese telecommunications companies.
The funding aims to subsidize the removal of related communication equipment in rural areas of the United States. The number of customers of eligible companies must be less than 10 million, and the replacement equipment must be purchased before the end of June last year to apply for funding.
Last year, the committee determined that Huawei and ZTE constitute a national security threat to the US communications network. American companies cannot use government funding to purchase equipment from Huawei or ZTE. It refers to the high risk of equipment being controlled by external parties and stipulates that companies must destroy and remove their equipment.