Effort to ‘Rip and Replace’ Huawei, ZTE Tech in US Backfires Due to Funding Woes | Technology

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A US program to pay carriers and ISPs to remove Huawei and ZTE equipment from their networks is stumbling due to a $3 billion funding shortfall.

The FCC started work on the “Rip and Replace” program in 2019, with the goal of pushing US wireless providers to remove Huawei and ZTE equipment over spying fears. But over four years later, the program has only secured $1.9 billion in federal funding when an estimated $4.98 billion is needed to help pay for the reimbursements. 

On Thursday, FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel sent a letter to US lawmakers, warning that the funding shortfall risks derailing the program. “In fact, nearly 40% of the participants reported that they cannot complete the work required under the Reimbursement Program without additional government funding,” she wrote to the leaders of several Congressional committees. 

Rosenworcel has been warning about the funding woes for months. But in her newest letter, she says the funding problems have gotten bad enough that several Rip and Replace program recipients have told the FCC that they may have to “shut down their networks or withdraw from the program” unless further funding is provided. 

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Source www.pcmag.com

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