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FCC bans China Mobile from US

FCC bans China Mobile from US”

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission barred China Mobile Ltd. from the U.S. market over national security concerns and said it was opening a review of other Chinese companies amid friction between the world's biggest economies. Multiple federal intelligence agencies had urged the agency to reject the request amid concerns that the Chinese-controlled provider would use its access to U.S. communications networks to threaten national security. In July of a year ago, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration along with other executive branch agencies suggested the FCC reject the application suggested the FCC reject the application, saying that China Mobile "would pose unacceptable national security and law enforcement risks".

Commissioner Brendan Carr of the Federal Communications Commission speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., February 23, 2018.

The FCC has voted 5-0 to bar China Mobile from the U.S. market. Earlier this month, Pai travelled to the Czech Republic and participated in the discussion of the Prague Proposals which could potentially curb Huawei's rise.

China Mobile USA, a subsidiary of China Mobile, filed an application in September 2011 to the FCC to carry global voice traffic between the US and other countries.

"FCC's voting on the order to deny China Mobile's application without any legal processes will compromise the US's principle of the rule of law, and also disagrees with worldwide trade rules", said Wang.

Granting the request would have given China Mobile greater access to telephone lines, fibre-optic cables and cellular networks, raising concerns about its ability to alter, block and re-route traffic, the White House told the FCC. The FCC cited reports that "China Telecom has been hijacking US traffic and redirecting it through China", according to Commissioner Brendan Carr. He said it was a "top priority" to address national security concerns regarding other carriers.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly accused China of not playing fair on trade and hurting American companies.

As the United States shuts its doors to Chinese telecom companies, China, by comparison, is opening its telecom industry up for foreign company participation. Amid a trade war, the Trump administration has insisted that Chinese telecom company Huawei has ties to the government and that its equipment could be used to spy on people or commit economic espionage.

"This application has been in these halls for more than eight years", Ms Rosenworcel said in a written statement. "So while I support this vote, it does nothing to change the status quo". Its worldwide scale, its backing by China's state-owned development bank, and its perceived ties to a government known for espionage have fueled fears that USA networks could be at risk if more of Huawei's equipment is deployed here.



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