白小姐东方心经: Huawei will sue to stop the FCC from blocking purchases of its networking gear

Huawei will sue to stop the FCC from blocking purchases of its networking gear
A week ago today, we told you that the FCC had voted unanimously (by a 5-0 vote) to block purchases of Huawei and ZTE networking equipment by the Universal Service Fund (USF). The fund is managed by the FCC and is funded from fees added to the monthly invoices paid by telecom customers in the U.S. $8.5 billion is spent each year from the fund to make sure that those in rural and low-income areas have access to telecommunication services including the internet. Both Huawei and ZTE are considered national security threats amid fears that their networking gear contain backdoors that sends information about American companies and consumers to the Chinese government. Huawei is the largest supplier of networking equipment in the world with ZTE fourth, but the U.S. does not want any of the 5G networks in the country to contain Huawei or ZTE gear.

The ban does not cover previously built networks, although the FCC is taking public comments on such a rule. The problem is that many carriers providing internet access to rural and low-income areas used Huawei equipment for their 2G, 3G, and 4G networks; if this proposed rule is passed, smaller carriers are going to need financial help from the government to rip out and replace any radios or other gear purchased from Huawei. The FCC is asking the carriers in rural and low-income areas for estimates on how much this would cost them although the agency has already figured out that such a task would require $1.89 billion to be spent over a two-year period.

Why did rural carriers use Huawei equipment when building out their older networks? One reason is that the company's pricing and sales terms are too attractive. In addition, the carriers have high regard for the equipment they purchased from Huawei and the way that the company services its customers.

Huawei's founder and CEO says that the company can survive without the U.S.


The ban to block purchases of Huawei and ZTE equipment by the USF would have started no later than 31 days after the FCC voted on November 22nd. But the Wall Street Journal reported last week that Huawei has decided to challenge the FCC's decision and that means that the start of the ban could be delayed for some time. The Journal says that the Chinese manufacturer will file suit next week in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to challenge the FCC's decision. A press event is expected to be held next week at the company's headquarters in Shenzhen to announce this. So far, ZTE has yet to comment.


Huawei is waiting for a decision on a lawsuit against the U.S. government that challenges a 2019 U.S. defense policy law. This law prevents the U.S. government and its contractors from using telecom equipment from Huawei and ZTE. The agencies banned from using the companies' networking equipment include the Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The suit was heard in September and Huawei argued that the U.S. Constitution prevents it and ZTE from being singled out via  legislation. Glen Nager, lead counsel for Huawei and a partner at Jones Day said that "This law treats Huawei as an agent of the Chinese government. It censures Huawei on that basis."

Earlier this month, Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei said that the company can survive without the U.S. The executive can back this up in the smartphone market where it saw third-quarter global shipments rise over 28% year-over-year despite being banned from its U.S. supply chain. The company, with 18% of the worldwide smartphone market, trails only Samsung and its 21% global slice of the smartphone pie.

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1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22487; Member since: May 28, 2014

I’m personally don’t think that this will make any difference since the U.S. government is dead set against all things Huawei, but I can understand why they’d fight with it, especially since no proof has been shown that Huawei is actually spying on behalf of the Chinese government.

3. tangbunna

Posts: 491; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

this is funny. like you hate your neighbor and you wear Justice tag. while you can not find what was wrong with them, you still said they are wrong.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22487; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao facts!

2. dimas

Posts: 3419; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Huawei is so funny and inconsistent. Why are they filing suits if they can survive without U.S. market? Of course their services and products are cheap, it's their bait to attract people into their huawei ecosystem. If a product is too cheap, it's dubious.

4. DBozz

Posts: 111; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

When apple is banned in china u will see the crazy funniest part of apple and US

15. dimas

Posts: 3419; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

But apple will never say that they don't need the chinese market. Serve apple is banned is china, there's always india and europe.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22487; Member since: May 28, 2014

You do realize that goes for Huawei being banned in the U.S. right? They’ve got India and Europe as well.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22487; Member since: May 28, 2014

Android is free. By your logic, it’s dubious.

14. dimas

Posts: 3419; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Wow, and what does android have to do with this topic? Huawei, your peacock god already said that they don't need the U.S. market and now they're crying like babies and take it to court? Their vice president is still under investigation dealing with iran. Iran: a country trying to have their own nuclear weapon and not following U.N. rules! By your logic of android is free, you are dumb.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22487; Member since: May 28, 2014

LMAO I do so love shaking that deformed coconut of a brain of yours so furiously with my comments. Besides, I simply made the same analogy you did. You said Huawei’s product being “cheap” makes it “dubious”, ergo, Android must be even more “dubious” since its “cheaper than cheap” being free. Now I know what I said went waaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyy over that deformed coconut of a brain of yours, but I tried to break it down enough so that even someone that lacks as much intelligence and common sense as you can understand it. And for the record, Huawei challenging the U.S. government’s decision helps the U.S. companies dependent on Huawei’s tech more than it does Huawei. Huawei has clearly been successful without the U.S., but you’re so blinded by flag and whatever it chooses to force feed you that you’ll never admit it.

11. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 622; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

"Huawei is so funny and inconsistent. Why are they filing suits if they can survive without U.S. market?" Exactly "When apple is banned in china u will see the crazy funniest part of apple and US" They wont do that even the head of Huawei said he be against it :D

19. mariosraptor

Posts: 185; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

They meant mobile phones.

5. CDexterWard

Posts: 112; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

”In addition, the carriers have high regard for the equipment they purchased from Huawei and the way that the company services its customers.” I don’t know what the source is for this, but if it’s true, I think it speaks volumes more about Huawei’s intent over just being a cheap and attractive access to the US network for some nefarious agenda. The theories over these potential backdoors really need some more concrete justification rather than just being a bunch of fear-mongering rhetoric.

8. QuantumRazer

Posts: 160; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

If US government is confident enough about their own actions against Huawei, they should take Huawei on at court instead of trying to shut them down by passing the bill that prevents companies in the entity list from making a lawsuit against them, like they did last time. Surely the government can prove their own justice if what they think what they are doing is right.

13. dimas

Posts: 3419; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Why take the issue to court? It's government against a company. Govt. will always call the shots just like what china is doing to the rest of the international business community. If a house owner don't like an unwanted visitor, owner tell them to go home. No need for filing suits, just go away and leave the house alone. Don't force yourself or you will just look desperate for something. Again, huawei is a dubious company. They can live without U.S. sales? Then they should stick to their words.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22487; Member since: May 28, 2014

Except they have been proving that they can not only “live” without U.S. sales, but thrive as well.

9. GodKnowsAll

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

US will ban Huawei cause they are the most advanced technology company in the world right now
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