Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Program: Frequently Asked Questions [Updated February 8, 2022] [open pdf - 720KB]
From the Document: "On March 12, 2020, the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019 (P.L. [Public Law] 116-124 [hyperlink]) (Secure Networks Act) became law. The act addresses congressional concerns [hyperlink] with telecommunications network equipment that may pose a national security threat to the United States. Section 2 directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to create a list of 'covered' telecommunications equipment that poses a national security threat. Section 4 directs the FCC to create the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Program (Reimbursement Program) to reimburse telecommunication providers that replace 'covered' equipment (see FCC website [hyperlink]). [...] On December 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), 2021 (P.L. 116- 260) became law. Section 906 provides $1.9 billion to the FCC for the Secure Networks Act; $1.895 billion of that is for the Reimbursement Program. To date, no other funding has been provided. [...] In Section 901 of the CAA, 2021 [hyperlink], Congress amended the Secure Networks Act [hyperlink], making providers with fewer than 10 million customers eligible for reimbursement. Congress made 'accredited public or private noncommercial educational institutions that provide facilities-based educational broadband services [hyperlink]' and health care providers and libraries that provide advanced communication services eligible for reimbursement funding. Congress prioritized allocations First, to providers with 2 million or fewer customers;  Next, to accredited public or private noncommercial educational institutions providing facilities-based educational broadband service; and  Last, to any remaining eligible applicants."
CRS Insight, IN11663
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/