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In a new filing to the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday evening, Huawei argued that a proposed FCC ban on federal subsidies to telecoms using Huawei equipment would cause severe harm to rural providers.

The big picture: The FCC's proposal is not to be confused with last year's defense authorization bill, a recent executive order or a presidential declaration of emergency, each of which either restricted or laid the groundwork for restrictions on Huawei. But Huawei officials told Axios they suspect the FCC filing will be read by all parties that have put the Chinese telecom manufacturer on the defensive.

Details: The ex parte filing presents Huawei as a company looking to compromise, but thwarted by an uncooperative FCC.

  • The filing claims that Huawei has reached out to each commissioner "to learn first-hand and directly address their concerns over the company." All have declined.
  • In the briefing and in talks with Axios, they emphasize that supply chain risks can be managed in a number of ways beyond banning equipment, such as the United Kingdom's approach of reverse engineering equipment to check on security issues. For its part, the U.K. has yet to come up with a backdoor in Huawei equipment, but flagged other security concerns.
  • "We would like to talk to the United States government about risk mitigation that would allow us to do some business in the United States," Andy Purdy, chief security officer of Huawei, told Axios.

The impact: Huawei argues in its filing that rural providers have neither the funding, the time nor the resources to immediately replace its equipment.

  • The profit margins of rural providers are low, and affording more expensive equipment brands is difficult.
  • But, Huawei Vice President of Risk Management and Partner Relations Tim Danks argued to Axios that rural providers swapping out equipment causes a bevy of other problems.
  • As one example, he suggests that harsh conditions in rural markets can limit the timeframe when rural providers can make changes to equipment. "This could take years," said Danks. "One of our customers in Wyoming only has 3 months a year where they have reasonable access to the base stations in order to do any work."

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Reports: CIA finds "Havana Syndrome" unlikely caused by foreign campaign

CIA Director William Burns testifies during a Senate hearing on Capitol Hill last April. Photo: Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images

A preliminary CIA report rules out a foreign global campaign as the cause of American and Canadian diplomats affected by a mysterious illness known as "Havana syndrome," per multiple reports.

Why it matters: Some lawmakers had suggested the sometimes debilitating illness was due to directed energy attacks. But CIA officials told the New York Times that most of the 1,000 cases reported to the government could be "explained by environmental causes, undiagnosed medical conditions or stress." This finding has angered some victims, per the NYT.

Jan. 6 panel subpoenas 2 far-right "America First" activists

The House panel investigating the Capitol riot, from left; Reps. Bennie Thompson, Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger and Jamie Raskin on Capitol Hill in December. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The House select committee investigating the Capitol riot issued subpoenas Wednesday for far-right leaders Nick Fuentes and Patrick Casey, who allegedly encouraged followers to go to D.C. and challenge the 2020 election results.

Why it matters: The action underscores the panel's increasing focus on rallies held ahead of the Capitol attack and how extremists were drawn to former President Trump's baseless claims of widespread voter fraud, per the New York Times.

Democrats fail to change Senate rules to pass voting rights bill

Senate Majority Leader during a news conference in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Democrats failed Wednesday night to change Senate filibuster rules to pass the voting rights bill, with Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) voting with Republicans.

The big picture: The failed effort came after Senate Republicans blocked the voting rights measure from coming to a final vote earlier Wednesday.