FCC wants to ban China Mobile from US

FCC chairman Pai opposes China Mobile's request to operate in the U.S

The Trump administration has banned equipment from Huawei, China's largest telecom equipment company, over fears that the Chinese government could use it as a gateway to spy or disrupt western communication networks. Also, agencies from the US government's executive branch recommended in July 2018 that the FCC deny China Mobile's application due to national security concerns.

The statement from Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai could mark the beginning of the end for the Chinese telecoms giant's eight year effort to crack the US market.

"Safeguarding our communications networks is critical to our national security", Pai said in a statement. The company seeks to provide "Global or Limited Global Facilities-Based Service" that would offer resale service between USA and worldwide wireless users.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman, Ajit Pai, made a statement, Wednesday, announcing his opposition to China Mobile's bid to provide telecommunications services in the US. I hope that my colleagues will join me in voting to reject China Mobile's application.

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China Mobile was not seeking to become a mobile carrier in the US.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai plans to circulate a proposal to that effect to the rest of the commission in the coming weeks, and then the full commission will vote on the proposal during its open meeting next month. However, China Mobile only sought to provide phone services for worldwide calls made from the US.

China Mobile was looking to build interconnection facilities in the U.S., not necessarily a full-blown wireless network. Some governments believe this is a component of the Chinese government's wider project of geopolitical expansion through its companies. Germany and Britain are also considering restricting Huawei.

The draft order proposed by Pai would stipulate that China Mobile has not demonstrated that its application is in the public interest, but more importantly it would assert that "China Mobile is vulnerable to exploitation, influence, and control by the Chinese government".

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