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China Mobile denied permission to provide services in the US

By Cal Jeffrey · 7 replies
May 9, 2019
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  1. In its press release, the FCC stated that China Mobile’s application did not establish that the provision of international telecommunication services was in the public interest.

    The Chinese government, which does not have the best reputation when it comes to privacy and security, owns China Mobile USA. Regulators and intelligence officials are concerned that the establishment of an international service controlled by China poses a national security and law enforcement risk that cannot be mitigated.

    Delaware-based China Mobile USA first applied for permission with the FCC in 2011 under section 214 of the Communications Act. The application requested that the company be allowed to set up “international facilities-based and resale services between the United States and foreign destinations.”

    In April, FCC Chair Ajit Pai issued a statement foreshadowing that China Mobile’s request would be denied.

    “After reviewing the evidence in this proceeding, including the input provided by other federal agencies, it is clear that China Mobile's application to provide telecommunications services in our country raises substantial and serious national security and law enforcement risks,” said Pai. “Therefore, I do not believe that approving it would be in the public interest.”

    After extensively scrutinizing the application, holding discussions with the telecom, and consulting US intelligence and other administration officials, the FCC denied the request. This is the first time executive branch agencies have denied a section 214 application due to concerns over national security.

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  2. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,447   +1,441

    Let's go with Huawai instead :)
  3. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,624   +2,363

    Meanwhile 95% of all electronic components are built in China by companies either wholly or partially owned by the Chinese government and overseen by active duty Chinese military officers. Why not shift all that production to Mexico? Their economy could use something to replace drugs as the #3 source of income and maybe it would help to mitigate the flow of illegals. They would probably even be OK with Americans having a hand in running the factories. Most mexicans are actually very good workers and if you train them well they don't even need that much supervision.
    Last edited: May 9, 2019
  4. loki1944

    loki1944 TS Booster Posts: 109   +65

    Excellent. 1 step in the right direction.
  5. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,150   +3,574

    Yeah, it's a good move especially with all the hints of espionage and the battle of the trade tariffs. I don't much care for Trump but I'll give him credit for sticking to his guns with China ..... with all the technology they have stollen them need to cough up a lot more than just balanced trade, but we'll take what we can get!
    Dimitrios likes this.
  6. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 721   +342

    USA and China are like husband and wife who have joined interests like kids and a house mortage.
    They might not like each other, but they depend on each other if they want to save their way of life.
    Dimitrios likes this.
  7. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,766   +635

    Good Call
  8. petert

    petert TS Evangelist Posts: 358   +157

    I am shocked - did not saw it coming! I am sure Google, Facebook, Whatsapp and other US companies being denied "to provide services" in China had nothing to do with it.

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