Huawei Says The FCC Has No Authority To Block Its US Ambitions

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Huawei argued the Federal Communications Commission has no authority to block its ambitions in the United States, having written as much in its latest remarks sent to the regulator. The move was made in response to the FCC's March proposal to bar government agencies from using the Universal Service Fund to purchase telecom equipment from Chinese companies based on national security concerns. The agency's vote on the matter is illegitimate because the proposed change is outside of the FCC's statutory authority and the fund itself isn't meant to finance any hardware or software relevant to national security in the first place, Huawei claims.

The Shenzhen, Guangdong-based consumer electronics manufacturer also used its latest correspondence with the FCC as yet another opportunity to reiterate its arguments against any national security allegations made against its operations in the past, maintaining it's a privately owned entity that was never embroiled in any kind of spying scandals and isn't any more prone to being controlled by the Chinese government than U.S. companies are likely to be influenced by Washington. Skeptics previously doubted Huawei's ownership claims due to its traditionally close ties to Beijing and the fact that its actual ownership structure is opaque, being based on shares that can only be owned by Chinese nationals for the duration of their employment with the firm.

Huawei's long history of issues with stateside regulators, lawmakers, and companies prevented it from doing large-scale business in the country so far and only became more complicated in recent times due to its attempt to strike a retail partnership with AT&T in early 2018. Its joint 5G R&D efforts with Sprint's parent SoftBank are now also drawing additional scrutiny to the wireless carrier's proposed merger with T-Mobile, whereas its smartphones are unlikely to be picked up by any stateside network operator in the near future.

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