(Reuters– President Donald Trump on Wednesday extended an executive regulation signed in May 2019 that declared a national emergency and prevented US companies from using telecommunications equipment from companies that pose a national security risk. The order was based on the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, which empowers the president to regulate trade in response to a national emergency that threatens the United States. U.S. lawmakers said Trump’s 2019 order is aimed directly at Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE.
The U.S. Department of Commerce is also expected to renew a license that expires on Friday so U.S. businesses can continue to do business with Huawei, one person said. The department has released a number of extensions to the temporary license and previously extended them until April 1
In March, the commercial department asked for public comments on whether future enhancements should be released and asked what impact this would have on your business or organization if the temporary general license was not renewed. The commercial department also asked about the cost of terminating the licenses. The CTIA cellular association called on the department to approve a “long-term” license renewal and wrote that “now is not the time to affect the ability of global operators to maintain network health.” The group argues that “ongoing, limited collaboration with Huawei to protect the security of devices and devices on the market benefits American consumers by reducing the risk of compromising their devices.” Commerce was also asked to “restore and change its prior approval for standards development to enable exchanges with Huawei to promote global telecommunications standards.”
The trade department and Huawei declined to comment.
Since Huawei was blacklisted economically in May 2019, citing national security concerns, the ministry has permitted the purchase of some U.S.-made goods to minimize interference for its customers, many of whom operate wireless networks in rural America. In November, the Federal Communications Commission classified Huawei and ZTE as national security risks and effectively prevented their U.S. rural customers from using a $ 8.5 billion government fund to buy devices. Steven Barry, head of the Competitive Carriers Association, said at a congressional hearing in March that rural airlines “are essentially trying to rebuild the aircraft mid-flight” by removing and replacing network devices.