FCC: Rescind Chinese Telecom Authorisation

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has asked Chinese government controlled telecoms companies why it should not revoke their authority to operate within the US.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wrote in a statement on Friday:

Foreign entities providing telecommunications services—or seeking to provide services—in the United States must not pose a risk to our national security. The Show Cause Orders reflect our deep concern—one shared by the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, and State and the U.S. Trade Representative—about these companies’ vulnerability to the exploitation, influence, and control of the Chinese Communist Party, given that they are subsidiaries of Chinese state-owned entities. We simply cannot take a risk and hope for the best when it comes to the security of our networks.

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