Chamber members push for more funding for ‘Rip and Replace’ network – MeriTalk

A group of 20 House members led by Reps. Doris Matsui, D-Calif., and Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., are urging the House Appropriations Committee to provide more funds for the Secure Communications Networks Reimbursement Program and reliable (CPRS).

CPRS was created by Congress to help communications network service providers “pull and replace” equipment from their networks manufactured by Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE, and other vendors the federal government may deem to be a threat to national security, and thus visualize their network. components as untrustworthy.

“For the United States to continue to lead the world in telecommunications security, it is imperative that we provide the resources necessary to fully secure our communications networks as required. [Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act] STCNA,” House members wrote in a May 10 letter to the House Appropriations Department.

Congress has so far allocated $1.9 billion to CPRS, but the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has signaled that $5.6 billion may be needed to help subsidize network service providers in their efforts. to replace objectionable equipment.

The CPRS aims to protect US communications networks by prohibiting “Huawei, ZTE and other equipment from threatening US telecommunications networks” and, by extension, to protect the supply chains that interact with those networks.

The first Congressional funding of rip-and-replace legislation was signed into law by President Trump in March 2020.

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