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    RURAL WIRELESS BROADBAND COALITION QUESTIONS THE FCC’S AUTHORITY TO PROHIBIT THE USE OF USF SUPPORT TO PURCHASE CHINESE EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES

    On behalf of a group of mobile broadband providers, LLGS filed comments with the Commission in WC Docket No. 18-89 concerning national security threats to the communications supply chain. In the recent national defense authorization bill, Congress restricted the use of appropriate funds for telecommunications infrastructure sourced from certain companies in China. The commenters noted that the bill’s reference to appropriated funds necessarily excludes support from federal universal service mechanisms, which are not appropriated by Congress. In addition, Congressional action has relieved the FCC of authority to act in this area because the new statute did not authorize the Commission to prohibit the expenditure of universal service fund support to purchase covered equipment and services. A copy of the Comments can be found here.

     

    LLGS Contacts: Russell Lukas and David LaFuria