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Republican Senators Want It to Be Illegal for US Gov to Use Huawei or ZTE Equipment

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Feb 7, 2018, 5:03 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

Republican Senators today introduced a new bill that would prevent the U.S. government from using telecommunications equipment from either Huawei or ZTE. Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton and Florida Senator Marco Rubio proposed the bill, citing security concerns. "Huawei is effectively an arm of the Chinese government, and it’s more than capable of stealing information from U.S. officials by hacking its devices," said Cotton. "There are plenty of other companies that can meet our technology needs, and we shouldn't make it any easier for China to spy on us." The bill is similar to one proposed last month by Texas Representative Michael Conaway and Wyoming Representative Elizabeth Cheney. Last month, AT&T and Verizon Wireless scrapped plans to sell Huawei's flagship Mate 10 Pro smartphone due to government pressure. Last year, ZTE was hit with a temporary ban after it was discovered the company supplied some equipment to Iran in violation of international sanctions. Both Huawei and ZTE deny any connection to the Chinese government. ZTE's handsets are widely available from prepaid carriers in the U.S., including Cricket Wireless and MetroPCS. Huawei sells its phone to U.S. consumers directly without a carrier distribution deal.

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Feb 7, 2018, 7:26 PM

Republican Senators Want It to Be Illegal for US Gov to Use Huawei or ZTE Equipment

Oh, give me a break! I've worked in the cellular industry since 2005- had many phones. It would be ALM0ST impossible for a manufacturer of any device to "spy" on the consumer.
Really? You sure about that? They are finding back doors all the time in android and pc computers. You don't think a country like China couldn't hide files? The CIA had hidden spying files in computers being shipped overseas just a few years back....
you definitely need to find a new career
Your comment demonstrates that you in fact do not work in "the field" in any technical capacity. I'm guessing you were triggered by the word Republican?
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