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Rubio, Colleagues Applaud FCC’s Decision to Implement Secure Equipment Act

Nov 29, 2022 | Press Releases

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a unanimous decision to ban the importation or sale of communications equipment deemed a threat to national security in the United States. The new rule implements Senator Rubio’s bipartisan Secure Equipment Act, which directs the FCC to adopt rules clarifying that it will no longer review or issue new equipment licenses to companies on the Commission’s “Covered Equipment or Services List” that pose a national security threat. 
 
U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ed Markey (D-MA), along with U.S. Representatives Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA), welcomed the FCC’s decision.

  • “I applaud the Federal Communications Commission for taking this important step to implement my law. This new rule will help ensure that critical American infrastructure is protected from Chinese exploitation.” — Senator Rubio

  • “I commend the Federal Communications Commission on issuing its final rule to implement the bipartisan Secure Equipment Act, which I was proud to help lead in the Senate. This new rule will help bolster our communications infrastructure and protect against global technological threats. In our digitally connected world, these protections are essential to ensuring that our communications networks are safe and secure.” — Senator Markey

  • “I applaud the historic action taken by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to properly implement my bipartisan legislation, the Secure Equipment Act, which safeguards our telecommunications networks from threats by China and others so we can strengthen America’s national security. The FCC’s important action finally starts to confront the significant threat China poses to Americans’ privacy and data security interests. I am pleased to see the FCC take this unprecedented action, and look forward to working with the Commission and other partners to address the continued threat China poses to America.” — Representative Scalise

  • “I’ve fought for over a decade to address vulnerabilities in our telecommunications infrastructure that directly impact our national security. Equipment made by Huawei and ZTE, companies linked to the Chinese Communist Party, increases the vulnerabilities of our telecommunication systems and puts the privacy and safety of Americans at risk. I applaud the FCC for taking historic action by implementing the Secure Equipment Act, our bipartisan, bicameral legislation that prohibits licenses for any equipment made by companies that threaten our national security.” — Representative Eshoo