By Leslie Stimson, Inside Towers Washington Bureau Chief The U.S. needs a comprehensive 5G security strategy and the so-called “Rip and Replace” bill recently sent to the President goes a long way towards ensuring smaller carriers can secure their networks, Competitive Carriers Association Steve Berry told lawmakers on Wednesday. Berry spoke, along with representatives from Nokia, Ericsson and Intel, during a Senate Energy and Commerce Committee hearing.
The Senate last week passed H.R. 4998,
the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019. The bill
prohibits the FCC’s Universal Service recipient carriers from being
subsidized to acquire or maintain equipment from untrusted suppliers
like Huawei and ZTE.
It creates a program to reimburse telecoms with fewer than two million
customers. The measure also establishes an information sharing program
for telecoms, especially small and rural operators, to obtain
information regarding potential security risks and vulnerabilities to
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