A federal appeals court refused Friday to listen to Chinese technology giant Huawei’s petition to throw out a principle used to pub rural telephone carriers on national security reasons from using government funds to buy its own equipment.

The three-judge panel dismissed a claim by Huawei Technologies Ltd that the FCC lacked the experience to designate the organization’s gear for a security threat to U.S. telecommunications infrastructure.

“Assessing security risks to telecom networks drops from the FCC’s wheelhouse,” the judges wrote in a 60-page view, rejecting any proposal that it was a type of”junior-varsity” bureau on national security issues.

Huawei didn’t immediately offer you a reply to the judgment.

The Trump management imposed a series of sanctions on Huawei, claiming it couldn’t be trusted to not spy Beijing since Chinese law thus compels it. Huawei says it’s worker – not government-owned and denies it could ease Chinese spying.

Huawei resisted the FCC in late 2019 following the agency voted to pub rural carriers by using government subsidies to purchase gear from Huawei or its Chinese rival, ZTE Corp.. It maintained the FCC was exceeding its authority by creating federal security conclusions.

Friday’s decision was consistent with a longstanding convention of U.S. courts to not second-guess government conclusions about domestic security.

Huawei’s U.S. sales dropped following a statutory panel cautioned in 2012 that the organization and ZTE were safety risks and told carriers to prevent them. In May of 2019, the Trump government resisted the noose by blocking access to U.S. components and technology, such as semiconductors and Google’s popular cellular services.