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China Telecom, Unicom urge FCC not to block US operations

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The two telecom units – China Telecom Corp and China Unicom have recently requested the United States’ Federal Communications Commission not to cancel their nearly 20-year-old authorization with regard to their services to and from the US, according to Reuters.

This development comes at a time after the US Justice Department in April asked the Commission to take action, citing “substantial and unacceptable national security and law enforcement risks associated with China Telecom’s operations.” However, China Telecom (America) called the government’s claims “unfounded.” The Chinese-owned telecommunications company also argued that the Commission should not revoke its right to operate in the US “based solely on foreign policy concerns in the absence of any evidence whatsoever of specific misconduct.”

In addition, China Unicom (America) in its filing said it had “a two-decade track record as a valuable contributor to the US. telecommunications markets, a good record of compliance with its FCC regulatory obligations, and a demonstrated willingness to cooperate with U.S. law enforcement agencies.” Earlier in 2019, the FCC voted unanimously to deny China Mobile the right to provide services in the country, citing several national security risks. It is worth noting that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) does the regulation of interstate and international communications in all US states. It is also responsible for enforcing America’s communications laws.