Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei sues the U.S. Federal Communications Commission over the latter's ban on carriers from using money from the Universal Service Fund to buy equipment from Huawei and ZTE.
Sources: Tech Crunch
Sources: Tech Crunch
Canadian Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne announces that Canada has ceased discussing any free trade agreements with China. Canada has walked away from free-trade talks with China amid soured relations over arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou and the detention of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. He states that "the China of 2020 is not the China of 2016".
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously votes to label Chinese telecommunications giants Huawei and ZTE as national security risks, thereby disqualifying them from the Universal Service Fund. In a separate vote, the FCC mandates that national wireless carriers remove both companies' products from their existing networks. The companies have 30 days to appeal.
Huawei files for a summary judgment, seeking to expedite its March lawsuit against the U.S. Government, challenging the constitutionality of "Section 889" of the National Defense Authorization Act that bans U.S. executive government agencies from procuring Huawei and ZTE telecommunications equipment based on national security.
Huawei sues the U.S. Government to challenge the constitutionality of "Section 889" of the National Defense Authorization Act which prohibits U.S. executive government agencies from procuring telecommunications equipment from two Chinese companies, Huawei and ZTE.
Chinese state media reports a second Canadian national, Michael Spavor, has been detained on suspicion of endangering state security, while the China foreign ministry say two Canadian nationals are detained in the country. The Spavor investigation follows the detention of former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig on December 10 and Canada's December 1 arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit hears arguments about whether the net neutrality rules of the Federal Communications Commission are within the FCC's statutory mandate.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Justice Department approve a $28 billion merger of Comcast and NBC Universal with critics complaining of even greater media consolidation in the U.S. and how this merger removes competitive forces and hurts consumers.