TIA Applauds FCC Action to Protect USF Networks from Foreign Adversaries

Arlington, VA (November 22, 2019) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, issued the following statement regarding the November 22 vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to protect the security of Universal Service Fund (USF) networks.

David Stehlin, TIA’s Chief Executive Officer, issued the following statement:

“With 5G technology ushering in unprecedented connectivity, ensuring global networks are safe and reliable is more important than ever before. TIA applauds the FCC’s actions to protect USF-funded network equipment from foreign adversaries. We believe this is a necessary step to safeguard the U.S. national telecommunications network and establish a system of diverse, competitive and trusted suppliers.

“The telecommunications industry must protect the integrity of networks, equipment, connected devices. We appreciate the FCC’s commitment to partnering with industry leaders throughout this process and look forward to working together to establish a high bar for security throughout the telecommunications supply chain while fostering innovation and investment in network infrastructure.”


Clarence Reynolds, 703-907-7004, creynolds@tiaonline.org

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The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents more than 300 companies that enable high-speed communications networks and accelerate next-generation ICT innovation. Through leadership in U.S. and international advocacy, technology programs and standards development and business performance solutions, TIA and its members are accelerating global connectivity across every industry and market.