The US Federal Communications Commission on Thursday proposed further limits on purchases of equipment from, ZTE and other Chinese companies .
The FCC voted unanimously to move forward with the proposed ban, which would prohibit all future authorizations of telecommunications and video surveillance equipment from five companies deemed a security threat. The proposal also weighs whether to revoke prior authorizations, meaning affected equipment would need to be removed from networks.
“We are taking direct action to exclude untrusted equipment and vendors from communications networks,” said acting FCC Acting Chair Jessica Rosenworcel, according to Bloomberg.
Huawei and ZTE didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
The proposed ban will get a final vote after a period of review.
More to come.