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US FCC Urged By Chinese Telecom Firms Not To Block Operations In The Country

US FCC Urged By Chinese Telecom Firms Not To Block Operations In The Country
Tow Chinese telecom companies, Pacific Networks and its wholly owned subsidiary ComNet (USA) LLC, has called of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of e United States to not stop them from doing business in the US. 
Three state-controlled Chinese telecommunications companies, including Pacific, citing national security risks were issued show cause orders by the FCC in April this year. The order asked by the FCC asked China Telecom Americas, China Unicom Americas, and Pacific Networks to explain why he regulator should not begin revoking authorizations that allowed the companies to do business in the US.
Formal FCC responses have not yet been filed by the other two firms.
In a 92-page FCC filing Pacific and ComNet said that "neither company has been asked by the Chinese government nor the Chinese Communist Party to take any action that would 'jeopardize the national security and law enforcement interests of the United States.'"
There had no FCC enforcement action on them even as they have operated for 20 years in the United States.
The FCC said ComNet provides international termination service, global SIM card service and international calling card and inter-exchange service while Pacific Networks provides resold international voice and data to US operators on a wholesale basis.
They "not only operated independently from the Chinese government" but have "complied and cooperated with the United States government," the companies said.
It was more than a decade ago that the tow companies were granted FCC approvals. The FCC said that since then "the national security and law enforcement risks linked to the Chinese government's activities have grown significantly."
The FCC was previously called upon by the US Justice Department to cancel the ability of China Telecom to operate in the United States.
The right to provide services in the United States was revoked in May 2019 by the FCC of another state-owned Chinese telecommunications company, China Mobile, because of risks hat alleged that the company could be forced by the Chinese government to conduct espionage against the US government.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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