BIS Agenda Recommendation #3: Strengthen Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment Restrictions to Stop China’s Self-Sufficiency

Today, China Tech Threat released the third installment in its continuing policy recommendation series intended to help leaders at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) to prevent adversaries from acquiring and weaponizing sensitive U.S.-made technologies.Semiconductors are critical to power virtually all forms of modern technology, from everyday devices like smartphones and tables to sophisticated defense systems. Yet, in the wrong hands or wrong applications, U.S.-born semiconductor and semiconductor manufacturing equipment (SME) technology can present a national security risk.While the United States enjoys a competitive advantage over China in chip design and manufacturing, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has made self-sufficiency a pillar of its national strategy to dominate the global market. The… Read More

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