Banned Tech From China Could Mean Rural Telecoms Lose Millions

November 12, 2019
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.