May 23 2019

WASHINGTON, DC—In America’s rural communities, many small, local telecom companies rely on Chinese-made equipment to keep their businesses running and their customers connected to the world. But the brewing US-China trade war is threatening the supply chain rural telecom companies rely on, and Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Carri Bennet is working to address this critical need.

Bennet, the General Counsel of the Rural Wireless Association, has been interviewed by a number of national and global media outlets about the recent federal ban on Huawei telecom equipment. Most recently, she discussed the ban—and its unintended consequences on rural telecom—with the Los Angeles Times.

Bennet tells the Los Angeles Times that approximately 25 percent of the RWA’s membership uses Huawei or ZTE equipment manufactured in China. The RWA estimates that replacing this equipment could cost $800 million.

Click here to read “Trump’s Fight with Huawei Could Threaten Internet Access in Rural Areas” in the Los Angeles Times .

In addition, Bennet has discussed the Huawei ban and related issues with the following media outlets:

Carri Bennet has more than three decades of experience representing wireline, wireless and broadband communications providers, as well as commercial and noncommercial broadcasters, in regulatory compliance matters. She has a particular focus on advocating for small rural carriers, including serving as General Counsel to the Rural Wireless Association. Bennet represents telecom industry clients before the FCC, state regulatory agencies, the courts, and Congress.