Lately we've been hearing a lot of rumblings about the U.S. government having national security concerns with Huawei, and recently the U.S. government passed an act barring federal agencies from using Huawei equipment. Now Huawei is taking action.
Huawei is filing a lawsuit against the U.S. government. The company is asking that a portion of the National Defense Authorization Act be overturned, specifically the part that bans any executive agency, government contractor, or company that receives a government loan or grant from using Huawei or ZTE equipment.
In its lawsuit, Huawei argues that the ban harms Americans. "Consumers in the United States (particularly in rural and poor areas) will be deprived of access to the most advanced technologies, and will face higher prices and a significantly less competitive market," the company claims. Huawei also says that it's unconstitutional to single out a person or group for penalty with giving them a fair trial.
"This ban not only is unlawful, but also restricts Huawei from engaging in fair competition, ultimately harming US consumers," said Huawei Deputy Chairman Guo Ping. "The US Congress has repeatedly failed to produce any evidence to support its restrictions on Huawei products. We are compelled to take this legal action as a proper and last resort."
The lawsuit is filed in Texas, where Huawei's U.S. headquarters is located.
Things have been tough for Huawei in the U.S. recently due to the national security concerns that the U.S. government has regarding the company. It's said that AT&T and Verizon decided not to sell Huawei's Mate 10 Pro flagship due to pressure from the U.S. government, and Best Buy stopped selling Huawei phones last year. Now the whole situation has taken another major turn with Huawei's decision to sue the U.S. government. It'll be interesting to see how this whole thing plays out, so stay tuned for more as we get it.