The United States legislators have passed a bill that will stop the government carriers from buying Huawei’s telecommunications equipment.
The move is “critical” to protect America’s wireless networks from “malicious foreign interference,” Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR) and Reps. Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY) said.
“Companies like Huawei and its affiliates pose a significant threat to America’s commercial and security interests because a lot of communications providers rely heavily on their equipment,” they added in a statement.
The bill that was passed at the House of Representatives now awaits a vote from the Senate.
Huawei, the Chinese giant and the world’s leading telecommunication equipment maker, was blacklisted in May when the company was listed in the United States’ “entity list”.
US President Donald Trump signed an executive order essentially banning the company due to national security concerns that Huawei had close ties with the Chinese government.
However, no proof was provided to back the claim and Huawei has repeatedly denied that charge.