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Bill Holter’s Commentary

Somehow I don’t think China will be pleased?

U.S. Agency Votes 5-0 To Bar China’s Huawei, ZTE From Government Subsidy Program
November 22, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 5-0 Friday to designate China’s Huawei and ZTE as national security risks, barring their U.S. rural carrier customers from tapping an $8.5 billion government fund to purchase equipment.

The U.S. telecommunications regulator also voted to propose requiring those carriers to remove and replace equipment from Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp (000063.SZ) from existing networks. The move could eliminate a key source of funding for Huawei’s biggest U.S. business – telecoms equipment.

This is the latest in a series of actions by the U.S. government aimed at barring American companies from purchasing Huawei and ZTE equipment. Huawei and ZTE will have 30 days to contest the designation and a final order compelling removal of equipment is not expected until next year at the earliest.

Huawei called the order “unlawful” and asked the FCC “to rethink its profoundly mistaken order.” It argued the FCC’s decision was based “on nothing more than irrational speculation and innuendo.”

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