Rip & Replace

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it’s not a want. It’s a matter of national security. Rip & Replace seeks to remove old Huawei and ZTE equipment from cell towers.

RIP & REPLACE: THE BASICS

The Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Program, dubbed “Rip & Replace,” is a government-subsidized forced relocation program enforced by the FCC through the Secure Networks Act of 2019.

Unlike prior FCC reimbursement programs, Rip & Replace also addresses a matter of national security by targeting the removal of Huawei and ZTE equipment from communications networks and replacing it with approved, American-made equipment. Rip & Replace primarily affects carriers in rural areas.

Congress introduced multiple deadlines and procedural requirements that the FCC and WCB will finalize in coming months. One such requirement is that carriers are required to complete the removal, displacement and disposal of covered communications equipment within a year.

What’s Next?

In order to qualify for reimbursement through the FCC, you will need to submit the following paperwork in an upcoming, 30-day window:

  • Project Budget Request
  • Specific Timeline
  • Overall Project Plan
  • Proof of Equipment

Preparing these FCC-mandated documents for reimbursement is a time-intensive process. If you wait until the window to submit for reimbursement is open, you will not have time to gather these documents and appropriately submit your reimbursement request. While the window to submit for reimbursement will last 30 days, we estimate it takes six months of work to compile the required documents. We recommend you choose a vendor and begin the planning process now

Partner with QCommunications

QCommunications offers significant advantages over other vendors in helping small, rural telecoms participate in Rip & Replace. We are well-equipped and experienced to collect and prepare the documentation required for FCC reimbursement. Most recently while managing REPACK programs for our clients, we achieved a 98% reimbursement rate.

Our team is also staffed with experts in both the telecom and broadcast industries, and we provide a small-business approach that allows us to cater services to each individual client.

To learn more about what sets QCommunications apart, click here, or contact us directly to set up an initial consultation.

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The “rip & replace” order is the latest US move against Chinese-made equipment based on national security grounds. The order includes subsidies for smaller carriers for removing and replacing the equipment. However, the commission can’t actually implement the reimbursements without the approval of funding from congress.