Jessica Rosenworcel (center), acting chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission, who participated in a hearing as then-FCC commissioner on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., July 19, 2017.
Unable to prove independence from the Chinese Communist government and unable to allay serious U.S. concerns about authorization, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted unanimously Wednesday (March 17) to move forward with revocation of the authority of China Unicom Americas, Pacific Networks and its wholly owned The FCC voted unanimously on Wednesday to move forward with the revocation of authorization for China Unicom Americas, Pacific Networks and its wholly owned subsidiary ComNet to provide telecommunications services in the United States.
In April 2010, the FCC, the U.S. telecommunications regulator, issued show-cause orders citing national security risks, warning of the potential revocation of the operating licenses of China Unicom Americas, Pacific Networks and their wholly owned subsidiaries, and requiring these companies to The companies were asked to explain how they are independent of the Chinese Communist government and why the FCC should not revoke their licenses to operate in the United States.
China Unicom Americas, the company targeted by Wednesday’s revocation, has been authorized by the FCC to provide international telecommunications services for the past 20 years.
The FCC voted 4-0 Wednesday to move forward with the revocation, finding that China Unicom Americas and Pacific Networks had provided insufficient material to prove their independence from the Communist government and that the companies had “failed to address serious concerns about their U.S. licenses at this stage”; therefore, the FCC voted to grant the two Chinese companies a license to operate in the United States. The FCC voted to grant the two Chinese telecommunications companies a period of Time to submit additional evidence.
“These companies are indirectly owned and controlled by the Chinese (Communist) government,” said FCC Acting Chairman Jessica Rosenworcel, “so we have good reason to believe that they will have to comply with the Chinese (Communist) government’s s requirements and advance (the CCP’s) goals and policies.”
Also warned by the FCC in April 2020 was China Telecom. eight months later (in December of the same year), the FCC initiated proceedings to begin revoking China Telecom’s authorization to provide telecommunications services in the United States. China Telecom is the largest telecommunications company in China and has had authorization to provide telecommunications services in the U.S. for nearly 20 years.
In May 2019, the FCC voted unanimously and denied China Mobile authorization to provide telecommunications services in the U.S., citing the possibility that the Chinese Communist government could use the authorization to spy on the U.S. government.