The FCC in November voted to prohibit carriers that receive Universal Service Fund money from purchasing network equipment from Huawei. Now, the Chinese telecom is reportedly ready to challenge the action in court, according to the Wall Street Journal.
WSJ sources said Huawei is preparing a lawsuit to challenge the
decision and is prepared to file documents this week in federal appeals
court. The company has also increased its lobbying efforts in
Washington, D.C., according to the account.
The Commission identified Huawei and ZTE as risks to this country’s
national security. U.S. security agencies say the companies are
obligated to use their gear to spy for the Chinese government, a charge
they’ve repeatedly denied. The agency also asked for public input on
establishing a fund to reimburse small carriers that now need to rip out
and replace that equipment, Inside Towers reported.
Huawei said at the time, the agency’s action was based on “selective
information, innuendo, and mistaken assumptions.” The company cautioned
what it characterized as “unwarranted actions” would have “profound
negative effects” on connectivity in the U.S., especially for rural