Protecting Against National Security Threats Through FCC Programs

OMB Control Number 3060-1270

To safeguard the security and integrity of the nation's communications networks, the Commission has barred use of the Universal Service Fund (USF) to purchase equipment and services from companies that pose a national security threat.

To inform future actions to address national security threats to USF-funded networks, the Commission is collecting information to determine the extent to which equipment and services, including software, produced or provided by Huawei or ZTE, along with their subsidiaries, parents, and/or affiliates, exist in our communications networks.

Data Collection

Who Must File?

USF recipients that were eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) as of December 31, 2019 must file.

Other USF recipients and service providers that are not ETCs may, but are not required to, file.

When to File?

All responses must be certified and submitted no later than May 22, 2020.

What to File?

Entities without potentially prohibited equipment must indicate the lack of any such equipment, software, or services, then certify and submit the response.

ETCs must report covered equipment and services owned by or present in the networks of their subsidiaries and affiliates, even if those subsidiaries and affiliates are not ETCs themselves.

Entities with potentially prohibited equipment must:

  • affirm that their network contains and/or relies on potentially prohibited equipment;
  • provide the costs of purchasing and installing potentially prohibited equipment or services, separately for both equipment and services currently in use and equipment and equipment and services no longer in use;
  • provide the estimated costs of removing and replacing potentially prohibited equipment or services following the instructions; and
  • certify and submit the response.
How to File?

Go to the Supply Chain Data Collection and log in.

You must have an FCC username registration associated with an FCC Registration Number (FRN) in CORES to log in and complete your submission.

Obtain or update a CORES username or FRN.

Please download and follow these instructions.


For more information, email





Thursday, April 2, 2020