FCC Set to Deny China Mobile Application Today

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The FCC is very concerned about the security of 5G networks. That’s why the agency is set to deny today an application from China Mobile to provide telecom services in the U.S.

After a lengthy review of the application and in consultation with the U.S. intelligence community, in 2018, the Executive Branch agencies recommended the FCC deny China Mobile USA’s application. 

This was due to substantial national security and law enforcement concerns that cannot be resolved through an agreement with the company, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai told members of a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Wednesday.

China Mobile is owned by the Chinese government. “This is the first time the Executive Branch has ever recommended that the FCC deny an application due to national security concerns,” said Pai. 

“Going forward, we will continue to use our statutory authority to protect the people and overall security of the United States,” said Pai. That includes following through with the Commission proposal, to ban FCC’s Universal Service Fund from being used by recipients to procure equipment or services from companies that pose a national security threat to America’s communications networks, or the communications supply chain.

The Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee is considering the FCC’s fiscal Year 2020 budget request of $335,660,000, derived exclusively from regulatory fees for regular FCC operations, and an auction spending cap of $132,538,680.

May 9, 2019

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