FCC Blocks China Mobile From Operating in US Over National Security Concerns (axios.com)

The FCC has voted unanimously to deny China Mobile’s application to provide telecommunications services in the U.S. due to concerns about national security and law enforcement risks. From a report: China Mobile’s application, submitted in 2011, requested permission to provide telecom services in the U.S., including connecting calls between the U.S. and the vast majority of countries, which would involve interconnecting with American internet networks. FCC officials say China Mobile USA is indirectly and ultimately owned and controlled by the Chinese government. It’s a subsidiary of global telecom giant China Mobile Limited. U.S. officials saw risks that China Mobile would comply with government espionage requests or that information about U.S. communications networks and users could be exploited. There were also concerns that Chinese government officials could use its access to U.S. networks to block or interfere with communications traffic should an issue arise between the two countries.

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