FCC Revokes China Telecom's Authority To Operate In US

By Kelcee Griffis (October 26, 2021, 4:55 PM EDT) -- The Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to boot China Telecom Americas off of U.S. networks, finding that the service provider could not quell concerns that it's beholden to surveillance requests from the Chinese government.

Under the FCC's order, the company must "discontinue any domestic or international services that it provides pursuant to its section 214 authority," which previously allowed China Telecom to handle stateside as well as foreign communications traffic, within 60 days.

According to the order, China Telecom ultimately did not meet regulators' threshold to remain in the U.S. as a trusted communications company. The company has displayed "a lack...

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