US Eyes Ban on Three Chinese Telecom Companies

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that they have considered barring Chinese-state-owned China mobile, China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd., and ComNet due to alleged security risks.

The three companies would be subjected to a review and probe to determine if Beijing has control over them. 

If found guilty, the companies would be barred from operating in the US and ejected from the market. 

“These companies are indirectly owned and controlled by the Chinese government. There is strong reason to believe that they will have to comply with requests from the Chinese government and advance its goals and policies,” said Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel.

The FCC said the companies “have failed at this stage to dispel serious concerns” about their authority to operate in the US. 

According to the FCC, showcases to the companies have already been given last year in April and December. 

The companies may present evidence and justify their right to operate in the US.

The U.S. Commerce Department has also issued subpoenas for multiple Chinese communications providers but did not name them.

According to the Commerce Department, they would also need to assess if the communications providers are a  threat to national security.


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