FCC Inches Toward Booting 2 Chinese Telecoms From US

By Kelcee Griffis (March 17, 2021, 3:58 PM EDT) -- The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday to consider revoking the U.S. operating licenses of two Chinese telecommunications carriers currently authorized to do business domestically.

Although the FCC has been communicating with China Unicom, Pacific Networks and subsidiary ComNet USA LLC for months regarding their eligibility to continue operating U.S. networks, the commission will now formally discuss terminating the companies' so-called Section 214 licenses, which allow foreign telecoms to interconnect with U.S. networks.

"The evidence compiled in our proceedings confirms that these companies are indirectly owned and controlled by the Chinese government," said acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. "As a...

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