China Mobile's Bid to Offer US Phone
May 09, 2019
U.S. communications regulators are
rejecting a Chinese telecom company's application to provide service in
the U.S. due to national-security risks amid an escalation in tensions
between the two countries.
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted unanimously, 5-0
across party lines, to reject China Mobile International USA Inc.'s
long-ago filed application. The Commerce Department had recommended that
denial last year.
company, which the FCC says is ultimately owned by the Chinese
government, applied in 2011 to provide international phone service in
The Trump administration has been pushing against China in several ways.
It has been pressuring allies to reject Chinese telecom equipment for
their networks, citing security risks from Chinese telecom giant Huawei.
The U.S. and China are also in the middle of high-stakes trade talks.
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