White House: Threats to Communications Supply Chain Remains National Emergency

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There is at least one thing President Joe Biden and his predecessor, Donald Trump agreed on: Communications technology from foreign adversaries is a national security threat to the supply chain.

President Trump in May 2019 declared, via executive order, that securing information and communications tech services was a supply chain national emergency.

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That national emergency status was scheduled to end on May 15, but President Biden has extended it for a year.

The White House said Thursday (May 12) that the potential catastrophic effects of such tech in U.S. communications networks remained an ongoing threat. "This threat continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States," the White House said.

The dominance of Chinese telecoms in 5G network tech is one of the big issues in the supply chain conversation, which prompted the FCC and Congress to come up with a program to prevent government subsidies for such suspect tech, and weeding it out of current networks with a rip-and-replace program. ■

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.