On June 17, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) voted unanimously to approve its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and Notice of Inquiry (NOI) proposing significant changes to the FCC’s equipment authorization regime and competitive bidding certification rules to further the goals of protecting the nation’s communications networks and supply chains from equipment and services that pose an unacceptable risk to national security. This latest proposal builds upon the Commission’s ongoing efforts to protect our nation’s communications networks as well as other federal government efforts. Comments on the NPRM and NOI will be due 30 days after the item is published in the Federal Register and Reply Comments will be due 60 days after publication.
At the Commission Meeting, Acting Chairwoman Rosenworcel explained how the FCC’s proposal would spark progress on three lines of effort:
While the adopted item is mostly consistent with the circulated draft (see Wiley’s Client Alert on the draft item), there are several noteworthy additions including:
 See, e.g. FCC Imposes Security Prohibitions, Certifications, and Reporting Requirements for Providers of “Advanced Communications Services”; Biden’s Cyber EO Aims to Improve Federal Security and Move Private Sector.