ICYMI: Guthrie Rural Telecommunications Bill Heads to President’s Desk
Secure and Trusted Communications Act will protect against nefarious Huawei
Washington, March 3, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate has passed Congressman Brett Guthrie’s (KY-02) Secure and Trusted Communications Act (H.R. 4998), a bipartisan bill to help secure America’s telecommunications supply chain and help rural providers replace potentially compromised equipment.
The Secure and Trusted Communications Act will help small, rural communications providers replace equipment from Huawei, a Chinese company with known security threats to the United States.
Congressman Guthrie, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, introduced the Secure and Trusted Communications Act along with Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (NJ-06), Committee Ranking Member Greg Walden (OR-02), and Rep. Doris Matsui (CA-06).
“In today’s interconnected world, America’s wireless future depends on having networks that are secure from malicious foreign interference,” said Guthrie, Pallone, Walden, and Matsui. “The existence of Huawei’s technology in our networks represents an immense threat to America’s national and economic security. This bipartisan bill will help communities across the country by bolstering efforts to keep our communications supply chain safe from foreign adversaries and other dangerous actors, while helping small and rural providers remove and replace suspect network equipment. We thank our colleagues in the Senate for getting this important, bipartisan measure across the finish line and look forward to the President signing it into law.”
The bill passed the House in December 2019 and is now on its way to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law.
The bipartisan Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act: