FCC affirms ZTE poses U.S. national security threat

(Reuters) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said on Tuesday it had rejected a petition from ZTE Corp asking the agency to reconsider its decision designating the Chinese company as a U.S. national security threat to communications networks.

The FCC announced in June it had formally designated Chinese’s Huawei Technologies Co and ZTE as threats, a declaration that bars U.S. firms from tapping an $8.3 billion government fund to purchase equipment from the companies.

The FCC on Dec. 10 will vote on rules to help carriers remove and replace untrusted equipment from networks.

Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chris Reese


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