When the ban on the use of Huawei equipment by American telecom operators only came into force, complaints about the overwhelming amount of investment immediately began to come from small market players. Now the US authorities are allocating money to support telecom operators who have expressed their readiness to abandon the use of equipment from Huawei and ZTE.
As noted by Reuters, American lawmakers supported the initiative to allocate $ 1.9 billion to finance telecom operators who are faced with the need to replace Chinese equipment with “politically neutral” equipment. Operators with a subscriber base of two to ten million people will be able to apply for this money, so large businesses will have to rely on their own funds.
This legislative initiative is expected to be part of a $ 900 billion government support package that aims to offset the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on American citizens. A related fund of $ 3.2 billion provides for the allocation of up to $ 50 per month to each low-income American to pay for broadband Internet access services and purchase an appropriate device. The authorities believe that having high-quality and modern communication in a pandemic is a vital necessity. Additional funds will be used to develop communication networks in remote areas of the country and to compile up-to-date coverage maps.
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