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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.