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U.S. House passes Long’s bill to reduce U.S. telecommunications systems’ dependence on foreign sources

The U.S. House has passed Missouri Congressman Billy Long’s legislation that aims to secure U.S. telecommunications systems against foreign interference. 

The bill would assess the dependence of information and communications vendors on foreign sources and identify what federal resources are needed to reduce that dependence. 

It would also require the Department of Commerce to create a strategy that would bolster the economic competitiveness of U.S. communication technology vendors. 

The legislation is sponsored by one other Republican House member and three Democrats. It heads to the Senate.

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