US bans China Telecom Americas over national security risks


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Aug 2, 2020
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has revoked China Telecom Americas' license to provide telecommunication services within the United States.

China Telecom Americas is the largest foreign subsidiary of China Telecom Corporation, China's state-owned telecom company. It provides services in over 100 countries to over 135 million broadband subscribers and more than 255 million mobile subscribers.

The order, issued on Tuesday, instructs the Chinese telecom provider to discontinue its services in the U.S. within sixty days.

"Our decision today is informed by the views submitted by the Executive Branch agencies with responsibility for national security reviews," said FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr.

"Indeed, the FCC's own review found that China Telecom Americas poses significant national security concerns due to its control and ownership by the Chinese government, including its susceptibility to complying with communist China's intelligence and cybersecurity laws that are contrary to the interests of the United States."

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