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Client Advisory – 26 Consortia Seek Clarity on Huawei Restrictions from Dept. of Commerce

The uncertainty and concern resulting from the May 16 addition of Huawei to the US “Entity List,” and May 19 announcement of a limited 90-day excep­tion for 5G standards development, have prompted 26 open standards organizations to request much needed clarity from the US Department of Commerce.

In a June 14 Letter to Secretary of Commerce, Wilber L. Ross, the consortium signatories empha­size the critical importance of broad and unfet­tered participation in standards development, and urgently request that the Department “make a clear statement that development of open enrollment, consensus-based standards or technical specifica­tions as conducted by consortia is exempt from the scope of the Entity List designation.” The Letter concludes with proposed language for a new exemption, intended to clearly enable engage­ment with Huawei for purposes of developing stan­dards, technical specifications, and related services within international standards bodies and industry consortia.

The Letter, background, and additional insights appears here, in the most recent entry of the Standards Blog by Andrew Updegrove, a Partner at Gesmer Updegrove LLP and co-author of the Letter.