The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) updated its list of communications equipment and services suppliers that it says pose an “unacceptable risk” to national security or the security and safety of United States citizens.

The list includes five Chinese companies that produce telecommunications equipment and services: Huawei Technologies Co., ZTE Corp., Hytera Communications Corp., Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., and Dahua Technology Co.

“This list is a big step toward restoring trust in our communications networks,” said acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “Americans are relying on our networks more than ever to work, go to school, or access healthcare, and we need to trust that these communications are safe and secure. This list provides meaningful guidance that will ensure that as next-generation networks are built across the country, they do not repeat the mistakes of the past or use equipment or services that will pose a threat to U.S. national security or the security and safety of Americans.”

The updated list is consistent with requirements in the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019, which requires the FCC to publish a list of communications equipment and services that are determined to be a threat to national security or U.S. citizens.

Last month, the FCC voted to seek public comment on possible changes to the Secure and Trusted Network Reimbursement Program, which would help network service providers replace equipment in their networks deemed a risk to national security.

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Grace Dille is MeriTalk's Assistant Managing Editor covering the intersection of government and technology.