Thursday, March 5, 2020

Berry: It’s Really “Replace and Then Rip” Untrusted Network Gear

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 their networks. Continue Reading 

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