WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two U.S. senators on Monday asked the FCC and national security agencies to assess whether or not the two Chinese state-owned telecom companies should be allowed to work in the United States of america, at a time of heightened concerns about possible Chinese espionage.
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Also, the senate Democratic Leader, Charles Schumer, and Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican, has asked the Federal Communications Commission, and chairman, Ajit Pai, to review the approval of China Telecom and China Unicom in order to work in the United States in the early 2000s.
“These are state-owned enterprises will continue to have access to our phone lines, fiber optic cables, cellular networks, and satellites in a way that would give China the opportunity to focus on the content of the communications of Americans or their corporations and the U.S. government, through the “hijacking” of the telecommunications traffic to redirect it to China,” the senators wrote in the letter, which was sent to the departments of defense and homeland security.
The FCC, in May, by a unanimous vote to refuse, with another state-owned Chinese telecommunications operator China Mobile Ltd., has the right to provide services in the United States, with an indication of the level of risk that the government may use the approval in order to conduct espionage against the united states government. The FCC announced at the time of the revision of the existing permits.
The “has made it clear that the Commission’s assessment of the Chinese communication companies such as China Telecom and China Unicom,” an FCC spokesman Brian Hart said.
China Mobile had sought approval in 2011 to provide interconnection services for calls between the United States and other countries, which would have given them enhanced access to U.S. phone lines, fiber-optic cable, cellular networks and communication satellites.
The FCC voted 5-0 in May to deny the request, with Commissioner Brendan Carr to say: “is China Telecom and the hijacking of the AMERICAN market and redirect it to China.”
Geoffrey Starks, another FCC commissioner, said: “the national security environment has changed since then (the past) of applications were granted.” He told me that it was a “top priority” in response to the concerns of the other carriers.
The Advantage, though, is that the administration and the implementation of a broader campaign aimed at limiting the role of Chinese telecommunications companies to build-out of 5G networks.
In May, the Home administration is prohibited from Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] the purchase of a vital AMERICAN technology is, without special approval, and can be effectively blocked by the equipment of the AMERICAN telecom networks, on national security grounds.
In the United States of america, in August, is extended by a postponement of the execution, which Smartphone to buy components from U.S. companies to supply the existing customers, as well as more than 40 of the Smartphone’s all units of the economic time.
Report by David Shepardson; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall