Huawei Technologies Co. ramped up spending on Washington lobbyists last quarter as a U.S. ban on the company’s equipment means it would be left out of projects associated with the billions Congress plans to spend on infrastructure.
Huawei spent $1.06 million in the second quarter of 2021, up from $180,000 in the first quarter this year, according to disclosures filed Tuesday. The company listed broadband and infrastructure bills as specific interests, as well as trade and a digital privacy measure.
Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.null
President Joe Biden extended a 2019 executive order from his predecessor prohibiting U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by firms deemed to pose a national security risk, including Huawei.
That means the Chinese equipment maker would be left out of the $65 billion that Congress plans to spend on expanding broadband access as part of a $579 billion bipartisan infrastructure plan.
Congress also last year appropriated $1.8 billion to help remove and replace any Huawei gear currently in use. The Federal Communication Commission approved the program earlier this month.