Banned Tech From China Could Mean Rural Telecoms Lose Millions

November 12, 2019
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Huawei Technologies was banned by the federal government, but many rural and small telecom companies use the technology.

Broadband is available to 86% of rural Colorado households, but many of the telecoms that provide the service use technology from a Huawei and ZTE, both of which are Chinese technology firms that have been banned by the federal government. The cost to rip-and-replace the tech nationwide could be a billion dollars, according to one estimate from CoBank. The Federal Communications Commission will vote Nov. 19 on a proposal to require all telecom companies using the banned tech to replace it. Tamara Chuang joins us to talk about the reporting she did for the Colorado Sun.