U.S. House of Representatives passes new bill to ban government from buying Huawei equipment

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to ban the use of funds by the government to help operators buy Huawei’s telecommunications equipment,media reported. In addition, the draft, known as the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act, prohibits other devices deemed to pose a threat to national security.

U.S. House of Representatives passes new bill to ban government from buying Huawei equipment

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr., senior member Greg Walden, Reps. Doris Matsui and Brett Guthrie noted that the move is critical to protecting U.S. wireless networks from malicious foreign interference.

“Huawei and its subsidiaries pose a significant threat to U.S. business and security interests because many communications providers rely heavily on their equipment,” the lawmakers added in a statement Monday.

Huawei did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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