FCC Explains Why They Plan To Ban Dahua And HikvisionBy Conor Healy and Gurami Jamaspishvili, Published Jun 23, 2021, 10:48am EDT
The FCC explained why they voted unanimously for a plan to ban Dahua, Hikvision, Huawei, ZTE, and Hytera authorizations. Below is a 1-minute video recap:
The FCC's Acting Chairwoman Rosenworcel explained that it is based on these companies posing an unacceptable risk to national security:
Read the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019 resolution and its stated goal to provide "a mechanism to prevent communications equipment or services that pose a national security risk from entering US networks."
As Commissioner Starks explained:
Declaring that network security is national security:
Video surveillance devices have shifted from analog to network solutions over the past decade and are now migrating to cloud-based (network) solutions.
Commissioner Carr noted the 5 companies that have met this threshold.
This is the same list taken from the US NDAA.
Commissioner Starks says that the FCC should not authorize such companies' products in US networks:
After discussions, the FCC voted unanimously to adopt the plan to ban NDAA covered manufacturers, including Dahua and Hikvision:
The entire FCC meeting passing this plan was broadcasted and is recorded on YouTube, embedded below:
The segment on the ban plan is from 3 minutes to 33 minutes.
PRC China Responds
PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Zhao Lijian, per Reuters, responded:
The United States, without any evidence, still abuses national security and state power to suppress Chinese companies
Once again we urge the US to stop stretching the concept of national security and stop politicising economic issues
China state-media CGTN published an opinion piece on this matter titled, "FCC ban of Chinese surveillance equipment may further erode US government trust", in which the author warned that if the FCC banned Dahua and Hikvision that the US would become 'more vulnerable' to 'horrific violence':
If the FCC does ban Chinese surveillance equipment, many ordinary Americans will suffer the consequences as local governments, police departments, schools and hospitals become more vulnerable that the kind of horrific violence that has become all too common in the United States today.
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