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So much of the modern wire line backbone is not U.S.

Ah, now I understand.

Lawmakers seek to block China's Huawei, ZTE inroads in U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. telecommunications operators should not do business with China's top telecom gear makers because potential Chinese state influence on the companies poses a security threat, the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said in a report on Monday.
Employee-owned Huawei is the world's second-biggest maker of routers, switches and other telecommunications equipment after Sweden's Ericsson. ZTE ranks fifth.
ZTE's US telecom infrastructure equipment sales last year were less than $30 million.

In contrast, two of the larger Western vendors alone had combined U.S. sales that topped $14 billion, ZTE told the committee, an apparent reference to Espoo, Finland-based Nokia Siemens Networks NOKI.UL and Paris-based Alcatel Lucent.

Note that *every* equipment vendor named in the article is based outside of the US. Note that the courts are constantly full of various companies charging eachother with patent infringement and theft of trade secrets.

This is not about US vs foreign sourcing of equipment. This is not about protecting IP.

This is about pols wanting to posture about China in front of the election.

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