The U.S. Justice Division and other federal agencies Thursday called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to repeal China Telecom’s authorization to offer international telecommunications services to and from the U.S.
China Telecom is the U.S. unit of a People’s Republic of China state-owned telecommunications firm. In 2019, two U.S. senators asked the FCC to review approvals of China Telecom and China Unicorn to function in the U.S.
The FCC last May voted unanimously to disclaim another state-owned Chinese telecommunications firm, China Mobile, the right to supply services in the U.S., citing dangers that the Chinese authorities could use the clearance to conduct espionage against the U.S. authorities, It stated then that it was “trying” at the licenses of China Telecom and China Unicom.
China Telecom dismissed the allegations and said it has been extremely cooperative and clear with regulators.
China’s overseas ministry mentioned on Friday that Beijing is firmly against any motion by America in opposition to China Telecom.
The businesses, together with Homeland Safety, Protection, State, Commerce, and the US Commerce Consultant, cited substantial and unacceptable nationwide safety and regulation enforcement dangers related to China Telecom’s operations.
On Wednesday, the FCC agreed to permit Alphabet Inc unit Google to make use of a part of a U.S.-Asia undersea telecommunications cable.