Chinese Telecom Firms Urge US FCC Not to Block Operations

Pacific Networks and its wholly owned subsidiary ComNet (USA) LLC on Monday urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) not to shut down its US operations.
In April, the FCC issued show cause orders to three state-controlled Chinese telecommunications companies, such as Pacific, citing national security risks.
The FCC led China Telecom Americas, China Unicom Americas, and Pacific Networks to describe why it shouldn’t begin revoking authorisations enabling their US operations.
The other two companies have not yet filed formal FCC responses.
Pacific and ComNet stated in a 92-page FCC filing that”neither company has been asked by the Chinese government or the Chinese Communist Party to take any action that would’jeopardize the national security and law enforcement interests of the United States.'”
The companies said they have functioned in the USA for 20 years with no FCC enforcement actions.
Pacific Networks resells global voice and information to US operators on a wholesale basis; ComNet provides international termination service, worldwide SIM card service and international calling card and inter-exchange service, the FCC said.
The companies said they”not just operated independently in the Chinese authorities” but have”complied and cooperated with the United States government.”
The FCC granted approvals into the businesses over a decade ago. Since then, it stated,”the national security and law enforcement risks connected to the Chinese government’s actions have increased significantly.”
Before, the US Justice Department called on the FCC to revoke China Telecom’s capability to operate in the USA.
In May 2019, the FCC voted unanimously to deny the next state-owned Chinese telecommunications company, China Mobile, the best to provide services at the USA, citing risks the Chinese government could use the approval to conduct espionage against the US authorities.

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