Huawei Sues U.S. Over Access to Federal Subsidies and Security Risk Designation

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Huawei has sued the United States asking a federal court to remove a designation that cuts the Chinese company off from federal subsidies.

Huawei said Thursday it has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Federal Communications Committee, in an effort to rollback the agency’s restrictions on the Chinese telecommunications company in the United States. The F.C.C., following a number of other government agencies, has declared that Huawei poses risks to U.S. national security.

The company argues in the suit, filed in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, that a recent FCC decision that prevents companies from using federal subsidies to buy Huawei equipment are political in nature.

Huawei, China’s largest tech company by sales, argues that it wasn’t given due process and was hindered by a U.S. government ban that labeled the company a national security threat.

“Banning a company like Huawei, just because we started in China — this does not solve cybersecurity challenges,” Huawei attorney Song Liuping told reporters Thursday. “Huawei also submitted 21 rounds of detailed comments, explaining how the order will harm people and businesses in remote areas. The FCC ignored them all.”

At a NATO summit in London this week, President Donald Trump voiced concern for Huawei’s new 5G cellular network and warned other world leaders.

The U.S. government has recently granted licenses to U.S. companies, including Microsoft, that allow them to resume conducting business with Huawei.

–UPI contributed to this report.

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