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The Secure Equipment Act of 2021, would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt rules to prohibit sales of devices from Chinese state-backed or controlled suppliers such as Huawei, ZTE, Hytera, Hikvision and Dahua in the U.S.

U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced the Secure Equipment Act of 2021 to direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to clarify that it will no longer review, or approve, applications from companies on the Commission’s “Covered List.” The bill would prevent further integration and sales of Huawei, ZTE, Hytera, Hikvision, and Dahua – all Chinese state-backed or directed firms – in the U.S. regardless of whether federal funds are involved. 

Text of the Bill as of publication:

Congressional Bills 117th Congress]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]
[S. 1790 Introduced in Senate (IS)]

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117th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                S. 1790

 To ensure that the Federal Communications Commission does not approve 
      radio frequency devices that pose a national security risk.


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                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                              May 24, 2021

 Mr. Rubio (for himself and Mr. Markey) introduced the following bill; 
    which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, 
                      Science, and Transportation

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                                 A BILL


 
 To ensure that the Federal Communications Commission does not approve 
      radio frequency devices that pose a national security risk.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Secure Equipment Act of 2021''.

SEC. 2. UPDATES TO EQUIPMENT AUTHORIZATION PROCESS OF FEDERAL 
              COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION.

    (a) Definition.--In this section, the term ``Commission'' means the 
Federal Communications Commission.
    (b) Rulemaking.--
            (1) In general.--Not later than 60 days after the date of 
        enactment of this Act, the Commission shall initiate a 
        rulemaking proceeding, in accordance with paragraph (2), to 
        update the equipment authorization procedures of the 
        Commission.
            (2) Updates required.--In the rulemaking proceeding 
        conducted under paragraph (1), the Commission shall clarify 
        that the Commission will no longer review or approve any 
        application for equipment authorization for equipment that is 
        on the list of covered communications equipment or services 
        published by the Commission under section 2(a) of the Secure 
        and Trusted Communications Network Act of 2019 (47 U.S.C. 
        1601(a)).
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