Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen on Thursday announced he issued an executive order to ban the state government and its contractors from using equipment and services produced by a list of companies linked to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Pillen, a Republican, said in a statement the executive order will keep the CCP from “using technology to infiltrate and influence” Nebraska’s infrastructure.
“I will continue to find opportunities to improve Nebraska’s infrastructure and technology grid while remaining vigilant in protecting our state’s security,” he added.
The companies concerned are those listed on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) “Covered Equipment or Services List” that was first published in March 2021 as required by the Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019, signed under the Trump administration. The list includes equipment or services deemed to pose an unacceptable risk to national security or the security and safety of U.S. citizens.
Companies on the list include Huawei Technologies, ZTE Corporation, Hytera Communications, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology, and Dahua Technology, as well as their subsidiaries and affiliates.