WASHINGTON, DC—Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Carri Bennet continues to discuss the potential impact of the US-China trade war with various international media outlets. For example, she recently was quoted by CGTN, an English-language TV news channel based in Beijing.

Bennet, who serves as General Counsel of the Rural Wireless Association (RWA), said she and other advocates for rural businesses want federal officials to know that the trade war will hurt their communities. President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order banning telecom equipment made by Huawei—equipment that Bennet said many rural telecom carriers depend on to provide essential services to their customers.

“We've obviously been in touch with the administration to make sure they understand whatever they do in that [order] doesn’t have the unintended consequence of hurting rural America,” Bennet said. “What nobody in the administration or government or Congress seems to have looked at is how pervasive is all this gear in our networks.”

The RWA anticipates the ban could cost its members $800 million to $1 billion to replace affected equipment.

Click here to read “U.S. May Scale Back Trade Restrictions on Huawei for Existing Customers” at CGTN.

In addition, click here to read Bennet’s recent comments on the Huawei equipment ban to CNN.

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.