Rip-And-Replace Fund Too Low, FCC Told

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By J. Edward Moreno (February 25, 2022, 3:46 PM EST) — Rural broadband group NTCA told the Federal Communications Commission that the $1.9 billion appropriated by Congress to reimburse companies that need to remove and replace Huawei and ZTE equipment from networks falls far short of what is needed.

The NTCA said in a Tuesday FCC filing that under the current funding model, providers are only getting a third of the funding they have requested to remove equipment deemed insecure and potentially vulnerable to surveillance by the Chinese government. Lawmakers initially set aside $1.9 billion for the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Program, known informally as rip and replace.

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