Block China Mobile from USA, says FCC chairman

Block China Mobile from USA, says FCC chairman

Block China Mobile from USA, says FCC chairman

FCC chairman Ajit Pai has announced that he will deny an application from the world's largest mobile carrier to operate in the United States.

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In a statement released today on the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) website, FCC chairman Ajit Pai said that he opposes China Mobile's attempt of becoming a US telecommunications provider.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said US executive branch agencies have recommended that the FCC deny China Mobile USA's application to provide worldwide telecom services in the US. China Mobile's request to provide cellular service from within the United States will be voted upon in the commission's next open meeting on May 9. According to The Verge, the FCC and executive branch rejected China Mobile's possible mitigation agreement.

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FCC officials said if successful China Mobile would be able to exploit the US "telephone network to increase intelligence collection against USA government agencies and other sensitive targets that depend on this network".

Android Authority reached out to China Mobile and FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel for comment on today's statement but did not receive a response by press time.

The Trump administration said a year ago that China Mobile wanted to be able to "interconnect and have greater access to telephone lines, fiber-optic cables, cellular networks, and communication satellites throughout the United States' telecommunications network".

Considering that the US government has considered Huawei and ZTE to be national security risks, Pai's announcement is not surprising. This fear of spying on behalf of the government in China played a big part in Pai's opposition to the application. Pai said on Friday that proposal is still pending.

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