Table of Contents - December 6, 2019

FCC Bans USF Support For Huawei, ZTE Equipment, Proposes ‘Remove and Replace’

The FCC on Nov. 22 voted unanimously to prohibit carriers that receive Universal Service Fund support from using that support to purchase, maintain, or otherwise support equipment or services purchased from “covered companies” deemed to pose a national security threat to communications networks, and designated Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. as covered companies.

The Commission also adopted a process for future bureau-level designations of covered companies, as necessary, along with an expedited process for appealing such decisions to the full Commission. It also adopted a requirement for carrier recipients of USF support (eligible telecommunications carriers, or ETCs) to certify compliance with the supply chain restrictions adopted in the order and a mechanism for the Universal Service Administrative Co. to audit compliance.

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FCC Proposes Eliminating Unbundling, Resale Mandates

Over the dissents of the two Democratic Commissioners, the three Republican FCC Commissioners voted on Nov. 22 to approve a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on changing the agency’s rules for unbundling network elements and reselling local exchange service to competitors by largely removing unbundling requirements for DS1 and DS3 loops.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the NPRM adopted in WC docket 19-308 strikes the right balance between competition and regulation.

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