5 Takeaways on the FCC’s Rip and Replace Program

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a statement that 181 telecom providers submitted applications to its Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Program.  This program was established to cover the costs of removing, replacing, and disposing of insecure equipment and services in US networks. Reimbursement requests totaled some $5.6 billion, almost three times the $1.9 billion budgeted. The number of applicants, 181, is small compared to all US operators, some 5500. The 181 applicants largely reflect small providers in discrete locations. Indeed, many of these companies would not be considered traditional telecom operators. For example, one large applicant is Level 3 Communications, now part of CenturyLink/Lumen. There are many smaller operators, schools, universities, and inflight broadband provider Gogo Business… Read More

Updated: Chinese Dronemaker DJI Obscured Chinese Government Funding Reports Show 

In October, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr participated in a China Tech Threat panel where he announced the agency will commence a process to add Chinese dronemaker DJI to the agency’s “Covered List” of restricted equipment producers. Calling DJI a “Huawei on wings,” Carr cited the vast amounts of information collected by drones and how DJI controls about a 50 percent share of the U.S. drone market and 70 percent of the global consumer and enterprise drone market.  Since then, there has been even more action against DJI, including the U.S. Treasury adding it to the investment blacklist. Just this week, news reports revealed that DJI obscured its Chinese government funding and bicameral legislation was introduced that would require the FCC to add… Read More