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Huawei crackdown

Trump signs law blocking Huawei from US rural networks

Chinese tech group rejects label of national security threat. 

China's Huawei Technologies rejects the accusation of posing a U.S. national security threat.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump signed legislation on Thursday that bars the use of U.S. subsidies by carriers to purchase network equipment from Huawei Technologies and other companies deemed a national security threat.

The law also requires the Federal Communications Commission to establish a program to assist small providers with the costs of removing prohibited equipment or services from their networks and replacing it.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai called on Congress to "to appropriate the necessary funding to reimburse carriers for replacing any network equipment or services found to be a national security threat."

Huawei has opposed the measure and disputes that it poses a national security threat. 

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