FCC blocks U.S. companies from using federal funds for deals with Huawei, ZTE

The Federal Communications Commission | November 24, 2019

FCC blocks U.S. companies from using federal funds for deals with Huawei, ZTE
The Federal Communications Commission on Friday banned U.S. companies from using federal funds to purchase equipment from two leading Chinese telecommunications firms and is prepared to spend $2 billion to replace existing unsecure gear. The measure targets China’s Huawei Technologies and ZTE, companies that have sold state-subsidized equipment to rural wireless carriers, including one service provider near a U.S. nuclear missile base in Montana. The commission adopted a new rule prohibiting American telecommunications companies from buying equipment from foreign companies that pose a threat to U.S. security with FCC money in the Universal Service Fund, an $8 billion pot of funds used to subsidize rural telecommunications networks.

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Improving transportation efficiency through operational innovation is critical as our population grows and ages, budgets tighten and consumer preferences shift. Now, as Congress prepares to review and reauthorize the nation’s transportation program, an array of innovations that were either overlooked or did not exist at the time of previous authorizations can be incentivized.

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Kwizcom has been approved as a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider for the U.S. Government

KWizCom | March 24, 2021

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Improving transportation efficiency through operational innovation is critical as our population grows and ages, budgets tighten and consumer preferences shift. Now, as Congress prepares to review and reauthorize the nation’s transportation program, an array of innovations that were either overlooked or did not exist at the time of previous authorizations can be incentivized.