WASHINGTON — Today, Jessica Rosenworcel, Chairwoman, informed Congress that providers initially requested $5.6 billion from the Secure and Trusted Communication Networks Reimbursement program to cover costs for removing, replacing, and disposing of insecure equipment and services within U.S. networks.
Chairwoman Rosenworcel stated that Congress established a program to reimburse service providers for their efforts in increasing the security of the nation’s communications networks. “We have received more than 181 applications from carriers that propose to replace or remove equipment from their networks that threaten national security. Although we still have to review all of these applications, I look forward to working with Congress to ensure sufficient funding for this program to support Congress’s security goals. This will also ensure that the U.S. remains a leader in 5G security.
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The Supply Chain Reimbursement Program will pay advanced communication service providers for reasonable costs incurred to remove, replace, or dispose of communications equipment and services provided by ZTE Corporation and Huawei Technologies Company. The Commission opened the application window for the program in October 2021 and closed it on January 28, 2022.