Four Republican members of the House of Representatives praised the news, originally reported by Reuters on July 22, that France will phase out the China-based company Huawei out of its 5G networks by 2028.

“The decision by France to phase out Huawei from its networks is welcome news,” Reps. Greg Walden, R-Ore., Bob Latta, R-Ohio, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Brett Guthrie, R-Kent., all members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said in a joint statement.

The French cybersecurity agency ANSSI (Agence nationale de la sécurité des systèmes d’information) did not confirm the report in the Reuters story. ANSSI did not reply to a request for confirmation from MeriTalk by the time of publication.

The Reuters report follows a July 14 announcement from the United Kingdom that said the U.K. will ban the use of equipment made by Huawei from 5G wireless networks in the country beginning in 2027.

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Dwight Weingarten is a MeriTalk Staff Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.