Congress is introducing a bill called the “Defending U.S. Government Communications Act” to ban Huawei and ZTE products from US government contracts. The legislation stems from intelligence reports that suggest these companies are subject to state influence. One fear is that the Chinese government would be able to access US business communications. It builds on past action against Huawei (the world’s top seller of telecom equipment) and ZTE (ranked fifth), which included a ban on ZTE selling products to the US government agencies in 2013. A further proposal lodged last year aimed to restrict the Pentagon from buying equipment from Chinese or Russian telecommunications companies.