Best Argument: No
Audience Favored: No (79%)
America needs strong competitionThe House Committee's report is merely a Republican effort to look serious while pimping dollars from Cisco. It's Republicans who are blocking rules for corporate cyber security.
Locking out Huawei and ZTE from the American market is bad for competition, bad for America, and bad for relations between the world's #1 and #2 economies. Only by integrating China into the world economy do we give them incentive to behave.
Companies are penetrated every day who don't have Huawei or ZTE. Cisco's bloatware is a standing invitation for hacking.
This isn't an all-or-nothing game. Huawei and ZTE should fund a US security lab, staffed by Americans with security clearances, to beat up their gear and test for backdoors. ALL large companies have Chinese R&D. The Chinese already have access to America's latest and greatest.
America needs strong competition in network gear. Cisco is praying we don't get it.
No reason to take a chanceWhat value do you place on your security and the security of your customers? That's really the question we're asking. I suppose it's possible that Huawei is a perfectly legitimate company. However, the House Intelligence Committee, acting with rare bipartisan agreement, recently warned against buying gear from Huawei and ZTE.
Huawei was started by Ren Zhengfei who, as a former member of the Chinese military, was responsible for Chinese military telecommunications research. Huawei has sparked concern not just within the American government, but also in the governments of India and the U.K.
Because there are so many American technology providers who offer such exceptional equipment and services, there's absolutely no reason to take a chance on a highly-suspect vendor. Doing so puts your own data and that of your customers at risk. It may also prevent you from closing deals with customers unwilling to take a chance that your gear contains some kind of nasty Trojan Horse originating from a company initially funded by the Chinese government.