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US agencies call on FCC to bar China Telecom from operating in US

2020-04-09 18:38 by

 

Multiple Cabinet-level federal agencies on Thursday recommended that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revoke authorizations for China Telecom, a state-owned company, to operate services to and from the U.S. The decision was endorsed by the US Departments of Defense, State, Homeland Security, Commerce, as well as the United States Trade Representative.

"Today, more than ever, the life of the nation and its people runs on our telecommunications networks," said John Demers, assistant attorney general for national security, in a statement. "The security of our government and professional communications, as well as of our most private data, depends on our use of trusted partners from nations that share our values and our aspirations for humanity. Today's action is but our next step in ensuring the integrity of America’s telecommunications systems."

China's communications networks have received increased scrutiny under the Trump administration, which has been pressuring allies to cancel their partnerships with companies tied to the communist regime, including Huawei. The Trump administration said China uses the telecommunication corporations and other state-controlled entities to conduct spy operations aimed at infiltrating U.S. networks.

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