The Federal Communications Commission said that they will be banning communications equipment from several Chinese companies—Huawei Technologies, ZTE Corporations, Hytera Communications, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology and Dahua Technology.
According to Just the News, Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel restated the FCC’s commitment to “protecting our national security by ensuring that untrustworhty communications equipment is not authorized for use within our borders” in a statement.
The security concerns were brought up following a March 2021 determination that the Chinese companies pose a security risk.
Misgivings about the security of TikTok have also risen in the last year.
FCC Commissioner Brenden Carr called on the Biden administration to ban TikTok altogether, describing the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States’ review of the social media platform for security risks.
“I have a hard time seeing how the Biden administration can credibly wind down that CFIUS review in a way that allows TikTok to keep operating,” he concluded.
The security issues brought fourth by Tiktok extend to elections, with claims that the sole purpose of the sites “election center” is to “provide voter information” and “counter misinformation.
“Controlling the rhetoric Americans are allowed to post and see on one of the most popular sources of discussion and information is a major advantage for China,” said Emily Jashinksy, a journalist at the Federalist.
“That we’ve forfeited this much control to a hostile foreign power is one of the most mind-boggling, slow-motion political blunders in modern history,” she added.
In addition to telecommunications technology and social media platforms, the Chinese Communist Party maintains its connections to the White House via lobbyists and high-level business executives.
Despite all of the security risks that come with working with China, the State Department claimed that they will be working with the Eastern nation to combat climate change.